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James Mortimer vs Isidor Gunsberg
Monte Carlo (1902), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 9, Feb-17
French Defense: McCutcheon. Bernstein Variation (C12)  ·  0-1


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Apr-07-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: It is almost unbelieveable that Mortimer managed to screwed 2-pawns-advantage in the endgame with 59.fxe6??, allowing black to take control of the vital f-file; and eventually even lost due to helpless rook+bishop.
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  percyblakeney: <It is almost unbelieveable...>

Indeed. Mortimer has a winning position late in the game, 65. Bc5 followed by Kg2 and placing the rook on the h-file wins easily. Later 79. Ra7+ should draw.

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  offramp: After 65...Kg7

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Black has three threats:
65...Rh5+ 66.Kg2 Bc2 67.Rh3 Rxh3 68.Kxh3 Bxg6 69.h8Q+ Kxh8 70.Kg3 Kg7 71.Kf4 Bd3 with a draw.

65...Bc2 66.Rg4 Rh5+ 67.Rh4 Rxh4+ 68.Kxh4 Bxg6 69.h8Q+ Kxh8 70.Kg5 Kg7 71.Kf4 Bf5 72.Ke3 Kg6 73.Bc5 Kg5 74.c4 dxc4 75.Kd4 which is also a draw.

65...Bf3 66.h8Q+ Kxh8 67.g7+ Kg8 68.Rg6 Be4 69.Rxe6 Rf3+ which is probably a draw.

The winning move is 65.Kg2; that is not easy to find.

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  percyblakeney: <The winning move is 65.Kg2; that is not easy to find>

Yes, and Mortimer was 69 years old (and never one of the strongest players), so in this late stage of the game it's probably no sensation that he misses the winning plan involving Kg2, Bc5 and Rh3.

Nov-06-06  Opeth: clumsy attacking!
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