Paul Keres vs. Arturo Pomar Salamanca

A nice endgame between Estonian Paul Keres  and Spanish chess player Arturo Pomar Salamanca. With a sacrifice, Paul Keres gained a strong strategical position and won in four. This happened in Madrid tournament, 1943.

FEN: 7R/r1p1q1pp/3k4/1p1n1Q2/3N4/8/1PP2PPP/2B3K1 w - - 1 0

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1. Rd8+ Qxd8 2. Qe6+ Kc5 3. Nb3+ Kb4 4. Qe4#

About the players

Paul Keres100x100Paul Keres (1916-1975) was an Estonian chess writer and chess grandmaster, one of the strongest chess player between 1930 and 1960. He never won the title of World Chess Champion but due to his achievements he was nicknamed "Paul the Second" or "The Eternal Second".  
Arturo Pomar Salamanca100x100Arturo Pomar Salamanca (1931-2016) was a Spanish chess player, the first one to be awarded with the title of grandmaster. He was national champion 7 times. Hailed as chess prodigy he was a disciple of  World Champion Alexander Alekhine.

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    Harry at

    Be careful when you go for the bait, there just might be a hook in it.

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    Basir at

    1. Rd8+ Qxd8 2. Qe6+ Kc5 3. Nb3+ Kb4 4. Bd2# Nc3 5.Bxc3 Ka4 6.Nc5# or
    2. Rd8+ Qxd8 2. Qe6+ Kc5 3. Nb3+ Kb4 4.Qe4#

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    nouri at

    1. Rh8-d8+ Qe7xd8
    2. Qf5-e6+ Kd6-c5
    3. Nd4-b3+ Kc5-b4
    4. Qe6-e4#

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    Jacob R at

    It’s not actually bait, regardless of whether he takes the rook or not, white wins. There’s no entrapment, more of a forced win

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    Harry at

    Yes, I see it now. Thanks for pointing that out for me.

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