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John Nunn vs James Tarjan
Hastings (1977/78), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-30
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Howell Attack (C81)  ·  0-1


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Mar-19-11  WhoKeres: Tarjan shows that a more active King in the endgame is an advantage not to be underestimated. This shows the technique of a strong GM as well.
Mar-20-11  picard: how about 44 fxg5! i think white would draw for example 44. fxg5 hxg3 45. Bxg3 Kxg3 46. g6 Bf6 47. Nb5 Be5 48. g7 Bxg7 49. Nxc7 Bxc6 and white draws
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  Phony Benoni: <picard> Things would get interesting after <44.fxg5>:

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Your line is flawed, however; after <44..hxg3 45.Bxg3 Kxg3 46.g6 Bf6 47.Nb5>, Black wins the knight with 47...Bc4+. And even if White reaches the final position you give he will be theoretically lost. In general two ♗s defeat a ♘, though the technique is long and difficult.

However, instead of 45.Bxg3 White should simply play 45.g6, when he will have time for 46.Kd3 and 47.Ne2 stopping the g-pawn.

Which doesn't mean that 44.fxg5 necessarily draws, since Black can play 44...h3 instead. Now White will have to play 45.g4 and sacrifice his bishop on h2, but the result ending is by no means trivial.

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