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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Analyzing with Paul Keres

The position below is analyzed by Keres in his book (written with Kotov) The Art of the Middlegame and is very instructive. You can study Keres’ comments on Google books; the analysis covers pages 174 to 191, but for some reason page 181 is not shown. It skips the moves 42… Kf5 43. f3 Kf4 44. Ra8. Here is the missing page.

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This great little book covers attacking the king, defense, importance of pawn structure, analysis, etc. and is available on Amazon in either paperback or Kindle at a reasonable price..a little over $9. In descriptive notation, but anybody of at least slightly below average intelligence can learn descriptive in a few minutes so don’t let that stop you.

I would recommend setting up the position in an engine and following Keres analysis. As usual, if the engine disagrees with Keres, believe Keres! Here's the position with White to play:

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