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Borislav Ivkov vs Samuel Reshevsky
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 5, Jul-24
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-16-06  Tobias: Why did they play this one out? I suppose they knew it was a draw?
Mar-16-06  RookFile: I think black can play 93...Rd8+
94. Kc5 Rd1, threatening a million checks from behind with the rook. In this case, either the king must approach the white rook, or white must block with the rook. Either way, white then won't be able to force his pawn in to queen.
Mar-16-06  RookFile: By the way, Reshevsky defended skillfully. Even though Rook and bishop pawn and rook pawn vs. rook is a theoretical draw, it's one of the tougher draws to maintain. Many masters have lost this ending trying to defend it.
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  shalgo: <tobias> Ivkov himself wrote after move 74, in the tournament book, "White checks his opponent's knowledge for 20 more moves, which was hardly necessary."
Dec-15-14  zydeco: This is a pretty weak game by both players. Reshevsky used up all his time in the opening -- in a bookish, quiet, position -- and had seconds for his final moves. The result is that he misses his chance to complicate with 24....Qxd3 and tosses a pawn with 35....f3. And then Ivkov, who had plenty of time, blunders with 37.Qxf3.

Ivkov's comment: "Actually I simply forgot that the QP was no longer defended after the exchange of queens. Not the first or the last illusion of the tournament."

Reshevsky had an easy draw with ....Rc3 on move 41 or 42 but made things more difficult for himself with his moves.

Ivkov says that he should have adjourned the game at move 66 and consulted an endgame manual for best play, instead of trying to win at the board -- which is kind of a surprising admission from a grandmaster.

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