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Eugenio Torre vs James Tarjan
"Me Tarjan, Eugene!" (game of the day Oct-27-2004)
First Lady Cup 2nd (1983), Indonesia, rd 16, Dec-04
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-27-03  cheelay: "Me Tarjan, Eugene!" That's a classic!
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  kevin86: I think that Mr. Torre coughed this one up;he had a two pawn advantage-passed pawns at that.I think Steinbrenner should fire him----oops,wrong Torre!
Sep-28-03  AgentRgent: When a game is played this well, it's not bad that it ends in a draw.. good fighting spirit from both players.
Oct-27-04  drchess9999: I guess even after 68.Kc6 black can draw easily by just swaping the knight for the pawn after white takes b6....
Oct-27-04  PivotalAnorak: ROFL Great pun ! And good defence by Black. An active King saves the day !
Oct-27-04  AgentRgent: <PivotalAnorak: ROFL Great pun !> Thank you.
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  cu8sfan: <AgentRgent> So did you suggest this pun to I think it's hilarious!
Oct-27-04  AgentRgent: Yes I did, last September. I guess some good Games of the Day get recycled. ;-)
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  patzer2: I thought perhaps 55. g4!? might give White winning chances, but in playing it out with Fritz 8, there appears to be an amazing defensive resource for Black.

55. g4!? Ne4 56. Kg2 Ne4 57. Kf3 Nf6 58. g5 Ne8 59. Kf4 Kd6 60. Kf5 Ke7 61. Kg6 Kf8 62. Kh7 Nc7 63. g6 Ne8 64. Be2 Ng7 65. Kh8 b6 and now Black's Knight repeatedly hops from e8 to g7 to h5. And now, despite Fritz's optimistic +2.78 assessment, I don't see how White can stop the game from ending in a long draw by repetition.

Maybe someone can find a win in this White to move position (66.?):

White: Pawns on b3 and g6, Bishop on e2, King on h8.

Black: Pawn on b6, Knight on g7, King on f8.

Note: Fritz assesses 66. Bf1 as +2.78 @ 29 depth & 1348kN/s. However, it looks like a draw to my poor wood pushing brain, version 1 (MOWPB-1).

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  kevin86: Note the above post:thirteen months to the day-and today the jinxed BoSox will have their day,Also,Torre's Yankees DID cough the ALCS up--but I don't think Torre should be fired.

Super double pun!!

Oct-27-04  ragnar0C: didnt white have that game, i mean pawns and king next to the black pawn??? why draw?
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  patzer2: <ragnarOC> Where do you think White had the win? What move did he miss?
Jan-18-17  Smothered Mate: ​
Since all relevant mates are less than 50 moves after the latest [capture or pawn-move] which was _not_ after the relevant move, the 50-move rule does not affect anything in this post. ​

After ​ 52. Be6+ , ​ black has 4 legal moves: ​

Kd8 and Ke8 both allow Rh8#.
Kc6 allows d7 with an eval above [+15].

Kxb6 (played) is a Lomonosov-tablebase
loss for black, as I explain below.

Black has five legal 53's; they all allow Rxb6.
​Regardless of which of them black chooses, ​
after ​ 54. Rxb6 , ​ Ne2 is black's only check, and if that ​
then Bxe2 is legal and leaves a 7-piece position that ​
the Lomonosov tablebases say is a win-for-white in at most 16. ​
If black's 54 is neither that nor Kxb6, then regardless of what ​
else it is, Rxb7 is legal and leaves a 7-piece position that the ​
Lomonosov tablebases say is a win-for-white in at most 25. ​
Finally, ​ 54. ... Kxb6 ​ (played) leaves a 7-piece position that ​
the Lomonosov tablebases say is a win-for-white in 33. ​

After ​ 54. ... Kxb6 ​ (played), white has exactly two ​
winning moves: ​ ​ ​ Kf2 (played), and g4, which wins faster.

One optimal line is ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 55. g4! Ne4 ​ 56. Kg2 Kc5 ​ 57. Kf3 Nf6 ​
58. g5 Ne8 ​ 59. Kf4 Kd6 ​ 60. Kf5 Ke7 ​ 61. Ke5! ​ ​ ​ .

After all but the last ply of that, patzer2's
61. Kg6 ​ still wins, but is 4 moves slower.

That's all about white's unique-best 55, which is g4. ​
What white _played_ was the only
​other winning move, ​ ​ ​ 55. Kf2 ​ . ​

56. Ke3 ​ (played) was the only winning move.

58. b4 ​ lets black draw.
​The winning moves were Kd3 and Kd4.

58. ... Ke5 ​ (played) was the only drawing move. ​
60. ... Nf6 ​ loses. ​ ​ ​ The drawing moves were Nd6,Ng5,Nf2+. ​
61. Bc6 ​ (played) was the only winning move.

63. Kc3 ​ lets black draw. ​ ​ ​ Bc6 allows Kd6 ​
repeating the position from 4 ply before that,
​and Kc4 was the only other winning move.

63. ... Ne8 ​ (played) was the only drawing move.

Black had plenty of ways to keep the draw on black's ​
66 and 67, and played one of them both times.
​66. ... Kxg5 ​ and 67. ... Nxg5 ​ are other drawing moves, ​
and 6-piece tablebases confirm that those two each draw.

6-piece tablebases also say that ​ 68. ... Kxg5 ​ (played) draws ​
and that the draw remained for the short rest of the game.

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