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Rudolf Spielmann vs Hector William Shoosmith
27, Ostend-B (1907)  ·  Italian Game: Classical. Center Holding Variation (C53)  ·  1-0
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Mar-25-10  Xeroxx: very good play.
Aug-25-10
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  YouRang: The position at black's 39th move would be a good candidate for a daily puzzle (maybe Friday level?) [diagram]


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It appears that black is facing a losing pawn race. Black has one passed pawn (the d-pawn), and as the game shows, it loses it's race with white's h-pawn.

However, black missed a clever drawing resource: Push the more advanced pawn:

39...e4!!

At first glance, it doesn't appear to have much future when it comes up against white's f2 pawn, but the bishop diagonal makes the difference. It continues:

40.h6 e3! [diagram]


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Now white has no time to push the h-pawn (41.h7?? e2! and black is winning). White can't capture the pawn either (41.fxe3?? Bxe3+ winning the h-pawn and again black is winning). White needs to play:

41.Kf1 exf2! 42.h7 Nb3! 43.h8=Q Nd2+ 44.Ke2 f1=Q+ 43.Kxd2, and it's looking like a draw (at least a draw can be easily forced by black).

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Black to move: 39...? (My rating: Fri) [39...e4!]
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