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Gilberto Garcia vs Vasily Smyslov
Havana (1965), Havana CUB, rd 16, Sep-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Exchange at c4 (E54)  ·  0-1


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  tpstar: "A pawn plus on the same [side] usually only draws. This position is no exception, even though White's king is pushed back to the first rank."

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"62 ... Re2 <Black wants to take over the third rank in order to advance his king. On 62 ... f3 sufficient is 63. Rc8.> 63. Ra3 Re3 64. Ra8 Kf3 <But not 64 ... Kh3 65. Rh8+.> 65. Ra1 Rd3 66. Kf1? <The decisive mistake. According to Smyslov, White can still draw just by waiting: 66. Rb1 Ke2 67. Kg2 g4 68. Ra1 Rd2 69. Rb1 Rd1 70. Rb2+ Ke3 (or 70 ... Ke1 71. Kg1!) 71. Rb3+ Rd3 Rb1.> g4! 67. Rb1 Ra3 68. Rc1 <If 68. Kg1 then 68 ... g3 69. Kh1 Kg4 70. hxg3 f3! 71. Kh2 Ra2+ 72. Kh1 Kh3 73. Rf1 f2 74. g4 Re2 wins.> g3 69. hxg3 Kxg3 70. Kg1 Ra2 71. Rb1 f3 72. Rc1 Rg2+, White Resigns. <If 73. Kf1 Rh2 74. Kg1 f2+ wins.>"

Pal Benko, "Vasily Smyslov II"

"Endgame Lab," "Chess Life" April 2000

Jun-05-11  Tigranny: Why did Garcia resign? After 73.Kh1, if Black advances his pawn to f2, White can play 74.Rc3+ to win the rook. If 73.Kh1, than 73...Kh3 74.Rc3 Rg3 75.Rc2 (not 75...Rg2 because 76.Rxg2 fxg2 Kg1 Kg3 is stalemate) Kg4 76.Rc4+ Kh3 77.Rc2 Kg4 78.Rc4+ Kg5 79.Kh2 Rg2+ 80.Kh1 Re2 81.Rc5+ Kf4 82.Rc4+ Kg3 83.Rc1 f2 84.Rc3+ Kf4 85.Kg2 Ke4 86.Rf3 Kd4 87.Rxf2, leading to a draw.
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  beatgiant: <Tigranny>
Black has 73. Kh1 <Rh2+> 74. Kg1 f2+ 75. Kf1 Rh1+, winning immediately.
Jun-05-11  Tigranny: Thanks beatgiant. Sorry for my wrong moves.
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