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Vereslav Eingorn vs Viktor Kupreichik
Minsk (1987)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-24-04
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  acirce: Look at this game from move 63 and forward. Quite amazing.
Sep-12-04
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  Eggman: <Chessgames.com>: "The Soviet Championships" by Cafferty and Taimanov give Black's 63rd move as ...a5, not ...a6 as here.

By the way, although there is a fair bit of boring maneuvering here, surely the last twenty moves of this game are suffiently astonishing to make it the game of the day? Look at the position after move 70!

Jun-05-05
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  Benzol: A wondeful piece sacrifice in the ending enables the White King to penetrate into Black's position. As <acirce> notes "quite amazing".
Jan-06-08  Poisonpawns: One of the greatest endings here that you will ever see.This game is annotated in M.Shrevesky Mastering the endgame 2 under the section "light-square strategy". One of the gems of this game occurs after move 56..Ke6 "Black is ready to meet the advance of the enemy knight to c6.After 57.nc6!?bxc6 58.bxc6 a6 59.kb4 Nc8 The piece sacrifice 60.bb5 axb5 61.kxb5 does not promise white any real gains,in view of 61..Ke7 62.ka6 kd8 63.kb7 b5.therefore Eingorn continues manoeuvering,with the aim of achieving the position after 56.Ke6 but with the opponent to move".Note by move 62.kc3 the position is exactly the same as it was on 56.Ke6 but now it is blacks move.Just awsome stuff here i could write for a while on this game,but i hope to spark interest in it again because this is a jewel.One more thing 68.Bxc6!! is an awsome killer move.great game classic!!!
Oct-09-09  WhiteRook48: who needs a queen anyway? Three pawns and a bishop are better
Jan-26-11
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Amazing endgame.
May-24-11
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  offramp: Hmmm. I think we need to look a bit more closely at a crucial line, especially thee, <acirce>!

After the brilliant move 63.Nc6 we have this position:


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In Informator Eingorn gives this variation: 63... Bxc6 64. bxc6 a6 65. c7 b5 66. Bxb5 axb5 67. Kb4 Ke6 68. Kxb5 Kd7 69. Kb6 which looks more or less forced and which he gives as . It does look fairly bleak for black,


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as white is free to play a3-a4/5/6/7 and queen. But black has a knight to give up for the a8(Q) eventuality and thereupon the black king takes the c7 pawn. For example:

69...Nc8+
<(69... Kc8 seems to lead to the same position: 70. a4 g4 71. fxg4 fxg4 72. a5 h5 73. a6 Kd7 74. a7 Nc8+ 75.Kb7 Nxa7 76. Kxa7 Kxc7)> 70. Kb7 g4 71. fxg4 fxg4 72.a4 h5 73. a5 Ne7 74. a6 Nc8 75. Kb8 Ne7 76. a7 Nc6+ 77. Kb7 Nxa7 78. Kxa7 Kxc7 and that leads us to this position:


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which I think is a draw!
Eingorn was still definitely playing the best moves, though.

Oct-05-12  vinidivici: Good endgame.

GOTD please!!

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