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Harald Lieb vs Volodia Vaisman
European Seniors (2001), Saint Vincent ITA, rd 4, Sep-18
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. General (E91)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-08-08  Judah: Another game where one side had an easy win but blundered into a stalemate trap. Of course, Lieb's first mistake was 73.Ra1, trapping Vaisman's King and setting the stage for his desperado Rook, but the game was not yet lost until Lieb gave up the protection of his Rooks with 77.Kf7. Now the White King is cut off with nowhere to go: g7 allows the forced draw with Rg6+, and a7 allows the forced draw with Rb7+, and if Ka6, Ra7+. Nothing is left except pointless shuffling.

Had Lieb played his King to h5 instead, it would have been a different story: Black is forced to abandon the side-checks as he chases White around the corner, and the White King can run to safety on a5.

Jun-08-08  kasp: What about the immediate 30 f4?
I don't think black can take the pawn 30..exf4 31 gxf4 and white has strong pawns in the center.Maybe 30..♕d4? but after 31 ♕xd4 cxd4 32 fxe5 ♖xe5 and maybe 33.♗b1 the d4 pawn is lost. Any ideas after 30 f4?
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