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Anatoly Karpov vs Vlastimil Hort
Waddinxveen (1979), Waddinxveen NED, rd 6, Jun-22
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0


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Aug-15-06  Ulhumbrus: One question is whether Black can draw by 27...Kf7 28 Ra3 h5 29 Rxa7+ Kf6
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  keypusher: A good example of the Andy Soltis rule: a rook ending with an extra pawn is always drawn, but a rook ending with even material is sometimes winning.
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  Landman: I'd heard the Soltis Rook Ending Rule as "All rook endings are drawn, unless you are pawn ahead. Then you lose."
Jan-28-09  MoonlitKnight: All rook endings are drawn, unless you're playing Karpov.
Jan-06-10  jonico: why black don't play 29...e5?
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  Honza Cervenka: In final position after 57...Re6 it would be a grave mistake to play 58.Rxe6+?? as the Pawn ending is dead draw despite of protected extra passed Pawn due to stalemate defence with black King on h8. Of course, 57...Re6 58.g7! wins easily.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Honza Cervenka:>

Thanks for that analysis!

Aug-23-16  Albion 1959: Surely this endgame is, or should have been drawn? Okay, so Karpov / World Champion is playing the white pieces here. An exception to the rule this time? Even if Hort did not have the weak pawn on a6, surely this must still be a drawn endgame? I will have a closer look at this ending, I am bound to learn something here ?
Aug-23-16  cunctatorg: Black's "weak pawn on a6" is a passed pawn also!...

I guess that this game is worthy a thorough analysis after Karpov's 28. Ra3!

Aug-23-16  Howard: Well, if you're looking for "thorough analysis", you can start with Anatoly Karpov: Endgame Viruouso (sp).

There's also Timman's The Art of Chess Analysis.

Finally, Peter Griffith's Analyzing the Endgame also covers this endgame.

Those three books should keep you busy for the next month or so.

Aug-28-16  Albion 1959: I have a copy of Peter Griffith's Exploring the Endgame (Adam & Black 1984)Game 23, page 88. This game is extensively analysed with plenty of notes. However, there is not a single question marks against any of Hort's moves. I even put this game into Rybka 3 and even it did not give a question mark to Hort's moves !! Black Magic or Witchcraft ? Hort was a top ten player In the world at the time, he even reached the candidates two years previously, so he was no pushover, even in the endgame - yet somehow Karpov still wins !! What happened to that old adage, endings where the pawns are on the same side of the board are 99 out of a 100 are drawn ?
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