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Yasser Seirawan vs Garry Kasparov
Niksic (1983), Niksic YUG, rd 1, Aug-24
Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Carlsbad Variation (D34)  ·  0-1


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Premium Chessgames Member Here is some analysis on this ending from "Pakistan Chess Player":

47... Kc6!

   Kasparov finds the only winning move in this position. The line 47...b3 48.Kc3 b2 49.Kxb2 Kd4 50.Kb3 Kxe4 51.Kc4 Kxf5 52.Kb5 Kg4 could lead to the queen ending with Black's h-pawn which is drawish. Again, as in the previous example, Kasparov spotted the chance of exploiting a distant opposition.

48. Kc4 Kc7 49. Kd3 Kd7!

    Black's King has made a triangle and is ready to return to c5.

50. Ke3 Kc6 51. Kd3 Kc5 52. Ke3 b3!

   All this is highly instructive. Even now Black could have missed the win had they played 52...Kc4 53.e5! Kd5 54.e6! Kd6.

53. Kd3 Kb4 54. e5 Ka3!
   But not 54...b2 55.Kc2 Ka3 56.Kb1 and White wins!

55. exf6 b2 56. Kc2 Ka2 57. f7 b1=Q+    White resigned.

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  Honza Cervenka: It is very useful to remember this manoeuvre of king in this type of pawn's endings. But on the first quick view I'm not sure that 47...Kc6 is "the only winning move in this position". 47...Kd6 seems to be working too: 48.Kd4 Kd7 49.Kd3 (If 49.Ke3 or 49.Kc4 then 49...Kc6) Kc7 50.Ke3 Kc6 51.Kd3 Kc5 etc.
May-12-04  Luguaedos: 40.e4?? Seiriwan drops the ball. His book Winning Chess Endings has a great analysis of this game and the more correct move 40.Kd4. Very instructive game.
Jul-31-05  Koster: Precise endgame play. Without seeing the analysis 40.Kd4 looks much better. I wonder what Yassre's idea was with 11.Bxf6? Very seldom good to give up the bishops so early in an open position without getting something in return.
Jul-31-05  who: Well he gets an attack on the isolated d pawn, and the protection of this pawn eventually requires trading back.
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  Gypsy: It looks to me, that <40.Kd4> indeed draws. For instance, in most variations where Black first tries to settle the configuration of K-side pawns, White usually manages to trade the g-pawns and split the K-side pawns into two groups. Then the f-file pawns are traded, and the game can not be won.

IMKO, 'Pakistan Chess Player" is just a tad over the top in his heap of praise for the pretty but fairly routine triangulation maneuver. (Maneuvers like that are bread and butter of pawn endgames, and certainly must be a common diet ammong russian school children...)

Aug-23-08  talfan: this game didnt reach the move 57
Mar-14-09  WhiteRook48: 56 Ke4 b1Q+ 57 Ke5 Kxa4 58 f7 Qh1 59 f8=Q am I missing something?
Sep-17-09  beatgiant: <WhiteRook48>
On 56 Ke4 b1Q+ 57 Ke5, Black can stop White's pawns with <57 ...Qb8> followed by...Qf8, with an easy win.
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  SuperPatzer77: <beatgiant: <WhiteRook48> On 56 Ke4 b1Q+ 57 Ke5, Black can stop White's pawns with <57 ...Qb8> followed by...Qf8, with an easy win.>

<beatgiant> You're absolutely right.

56. Ke4 b1=Q+, 57. Ke5 Qb8+, 58. Ke6 Qf8


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  Peligroso Patzer: < Here is some analysis on this ending from "Pakistan Chess Player": 47... Kc6!

Kasparov finds the only winning move in this position. *** >

47. ... Kd6 should also win.

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  Peligroso Patzer: For example, 47...Kd6 48.Kd4 Kd7 49.Kd3 Kc7 50.Ke3 Kc6 would transpose to the game.
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  cocker: Position after 47 f5 is used as an example of triangulation by Nunn in U C E; 47 ... ♔d6 and 47 ... ♔c6 seem equally good.
Oct-08-12  andyatchess: Brilliant use of the past pawn
Jun-08-14  celtrusco: I'm sure that: 57- f7 was a good joke.
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  tpstar: K&P endgame puzzle after 47. f5.

<pretty but fairly routine triangulation maneuver> Yet also counterintuitive. =)

Aug-17-17  The Kings Domain: Fine and instructive endgame play.
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