2. A Keres Study
Paul Keres (1916-1975) was a Russian grandmaster that was among the very best for 20-30 years. He wrote one of my favorite chess books, "Keres' Complete Games", which contains perhaps 70 of his most interesting games (Bronstein's 1953 Zurich tournament book is probably my favorite). In the present game, from the 1995 U.S. Open, black misses many chances to win in the queenless middle game, and after a time scramble find himself with a technically difficult ending. At the 64th move, black has R+P vs. B superiority, but must sacrifice his remaining pawn to achieve a winning position: in fact, the identical position occurs in a 1943 study of Keres, with black to play and win. Except for an inconsequent pair of extra moves, I found Keres' line over the board.
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