Bryan Schwartz beats Chess International Grandmaster  Paul Keres, who had just completed a successful tour across Canada. He was one of the leading contenders for the World Championship since the mid-thirties.

Below see the Chess Federation of Canada Bulletin – May/June 1975 where the article is included.

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Paul Keres in Toronto, 1975

September 16, 2018

Chess historian Olimpiu G. Urcan has a service where you can pay monthly to have bits of his historical research e-mailed to you. The following is his latest and has a lovely miniature by Paul Keres that I enjoyed immensely:

A Keres Miniature

His only loss being registered at the hands of Bryan Schwartz, an 18-year-old player.

In the summer of 1975, Paul Keres spent some time in Canada training some of the country’s top players for the 1976 Chess Olympiad. On May 4 he gave a 30-board simultaneous exhibition in Ottawa (+ 28 – 1 = 1), his only loss being registered at the hands of Bryan Schwartz, an 18-year-old player. Page 3 of the May 5, 1975 issue of the Ottawa Journal noted the following:

…before the start, he [Keres] remarked the weather was “nice” for chess. It was drizzling. “I hope you will beat me and I wish you all good luck,” he told the players. When presented with a six-pound tin of pure maple syrup by an official of the Ottawa Chess Club, Mr. Keres laughingly characterized it as “Canadian vodka.”

One of Keres’ best games from this particular exhibition was given a year later, on page 99 of the May 29, 1976 issue of Ottawa’s Saturday Citizen. The 21-move miniature, attached herewith, featured an elegant queen sacrifice in an opening that started with 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.h4!?.

Simultaneous Exhibition Ottawa, May 4, 1975
Keres, Paul – Kirstein, Larry
B06 Robatsch Defence

1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.h4 Bg7 4.h5 e5 5.dxe5 Bxe5 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.hxg6 hxg6 8.Nxe5 Bxd1 9.Rxh8 Ke7 10.Nxf7 Kxf7 11.Bc4+ Kf6 12.Rxg8 Qe7 13.Nc3 c6 14.Bh6 Qh7 15.Rf8+ Ke5 16.Rxd1 Qxh6 17.f4+ Qxf4 18.Rxf4 Kxf4 19.Rxd6 Na6 20.Bxa6 bxa6 21.Rxg6 1-0

Position after Black’s 14….Qh7

15.e5+ is a nice alternative

Written by : Sacred Goof

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