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Friedrich Saemisch vs Richard Reti
Marienbad (1925), Marianske Lazne CSR, rd 6, May-27
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation (D75)  ·  0-1


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Sep-19-12  optimal play: Not sure why Saemisch resigned here? 31.c4 looks like an acceptable continuation. Although Reti is a pawn up he doesn't appear to have a clear win. If the Rooks could be exchanged then with opposite-coloured Bishops left, careful play could force a draw.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <optimal play:> Saemisch might have lo st on time, which happened quiter often. Otherwise I think you are right; it is worth playing out although I think Black should win. His R is active, he has an outside passed P, and White's Ps are separated into three islands. As a rule, the attacker should not swap Rs with opposite coloured Bs. But even is White manages to swap Rs, he would have a hard time because Black could make widely separated passed Ps.
Aug-12-19  Kirth Gersen: Both sides played in a way that seems perfectly modern until 20.Nf3? where White decides he would rather be worse in a complex ending than play 20.Nc6 and be a pawn up in a drawish ending.
Aug-12-19  Kirth Gersen: Although I should admit 20.Nc6 Bxc6 21.Bxc6 Rbc8 does regain Black's pawn, but White should be better because his kingside pawn structure is actually better than Black's due to the e5 pawn, whose advance to e4 requires support by ...f5 and consequent weakening of the king.
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White to move

1) +0.57 (34 ply) <20.Nf3 Be6 21.a6> f6 22.Ne1 Kh8 23.Kf2 Bf8 24.Nd3 Bc4 25.Rd1 Rd6 26.Nb4 Rbd8 27.Rxd6 Rxd6 28.Nc6 Rd2 29.Nxa7 Rxe2+ 30.Kg1 Rxe3 31.Nc8 Rxc3 32.a7 Bc5+ 33.Kh1 Bxa7 34.Rxa7 Rc1+ 35.Kg2 Rc2+ 36.Kf3 Rxh2 37.Nb6 Ra2 38.Rxa2 Bxa2 39.Nd7 Kg7 40.Kf2 Kf7 41.Nc5 Ke7 42.Bf3 Kd6 43.Ne4+ Ke6

2) =0.00 (34 ply) 20.Nc6 Bxc6 21.Bxc6 Rbc8 22.Bb7 Rxc3 23.e4 Rd2 24.Rc1 Rxc1+ 25.Rxc1 Rxe2 26.Rc8+ Bf8 27.Bd5 Re1+ 28.Kg2 Ra1 29.Rc7 Rxa5 30.Kh3 Bh6 31.Bxf7+ Kh8 32.Bd5 Be3 33.Re7 Bd4 34.Kh4 Ra6 35.g4 h6 36.g5 h5 37.Rf7 Ra1 38.Rf8+ Kg7 39.Rf7+ Kh8

3) =0.00 (33 ply) 20.Nc2 Bg4 21.Ba6 Rxb1+ 22.Rxb1 Bf5 23.Rb2 Rd1+ 24.Kf2 Rc1 25.Nb4 Bh3 26.g4 e4 27.Na2 Rf1+ 28.Kg3 Be5+ 29.Kxh3 Rf2 30.g5 Rxh2+ 31.Kg4 h5+ 32.gxh6 Rg2+ 33.Kh3 Rh2+ 34.Kg4

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  whiteshark: Position after <21.a6>:

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Black to move

1) +0.15 (32 ply) 30...e4 31.R1c2 Qe5 32.Qxe4 Rb4 33.Qxe5 Bxe5 34.f4 Bxb2 35.Ra6 a3 36.Rc7 Rd4 37.d6 Rd3 38.Kh3 Bd4 39.Bd5 Rf8 40.Bc4 Rc3 41.Be2 Rxc7 42.dxc7 Rc8 43.Rxa3 Rxc7 44.Rd3 Rd7 45.Bxh5 f5 46.Bd1 Kg6 47.Bf3 Rd8 48.Rd1 Bb6 49.Rxd8 Bxd8

2) +0.71 (32 ply) 30...Rb7 31.R1c4 Rxb2 32.Rxa4 Rb6 33.Ra5 e4 34.Bxe4 Qe5 35.Qxe5 Bxe5 36.f4 Bb8 37.Ra3 Rd8 38.Bf3 f5 39.Kh3 Rh8 40.Rcc3 Kg6 41.Kg2 Rb7 42.Rc5 Rd8 43.Rc6+ Kg7 44.Rd3 Rbd7 45.Ra3 Rh8 46.Rb3 Bd6 47.Ra6

3) +1.02 (32 ply) 30...Rbd8 31.R1c4 Qd7 32.Qc2 a5 33.Qe2 Qb7 34.Rxa4 Bb4 35.Ra1 Qe7 36.Qc2 e4 37.Qxe4 Qxe4 38.Bxe4 Rd7 39.Bf3 Rb8 40.Kg2 Rdd8 41.Rd1 Bd6 42.Rd2 Be5 43.Ra6 Rxb2 44.Rxb2 Bxb2 45.Rxa5 Kg6 46.Ra6 Be5 47.Be4+ Kg7 48.Rc6 Bd4 49.d6

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  NM JRousselle: The ending looks hopeless for White. After 31 c4, Black's best path forward may be Bc5+ followed by Ra3. This will ensure the passed a pawn get to a3. At this point, White will have too many problems to deal with--passed a pawn, isolated c pawn, isolated e pawn. The Black rook on a2 will limit the participation of the White king. In the hands of a master, this adds up to an easy win for Black.
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  whiteshark: Pls ignore my last post, as it is referring to another game.
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