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Alexander G Sellman vs Eugene Delmar
5th American Chess Congress (1880), Manhattan, New York USA, rd 1, Jan-06
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Mackenzie Variation (C77)  ·  1-0
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Sep-05-04
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  Chessical: Sellmann seems to have liked this unusual line against the Berlin: see Sellman vs Chigorin, 1883.

Swapping the R's off with 36...Rd1, led to a lost ending for Delmar. Rg4 instead should have led the draw.

May-30-05
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  nasmichael: Thank you, Chessical. Learning when to "hold 'em or fold 'em" is a crucial part of this game. OK, chessfans, without your fritzian "calculators", after 36...Rd1, show a logical pathway to a draw, best moves assumed for both players. Then, afterwards, check your "mathematics" with those machines. It doesn't matter much whether machines know endgames well--they are only tools. It is similar to knowing your car goes faster than a human--it never will take itself out for a joyride--at least not this week (May 30, 2005).
May-31-05
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  Chessical: Swapping off the R's is hopeless as Black quickly runs out of pawn moves, putting the R on <g4> uses it to keep the White K from penetrating.
Oct-02-07  wim van os: It is so easy to spoil a endgame!
Black throw it all away with 43... Kd5??
The difference with 43...Kd4!! seems so small but it is the decisive tempo!

43... Kd4!!
44.Kb6 c5
45.Kxa5 Kc3
46.Kb5 Kxb3 is a draw as black’s king is in time to take the f-pawn if white’s king runs to the g-pawns.

and after

43... Kd4!!
44.Kxc6 black is one tempo up compared to the actual game with Kd5??

44...Ke3
45.Kb5 Kxf4
46.Kxa5 g5
47.b4 g4
48.b5 g3
49.b6 g2
50.b7 g1Q
51.b8Q+ is a easy draw

39... b5! Is also better than the actual played move 39...a5. It draws easy after: 40.a5 b4
41.b3 g5
42.fxg5 g6
43.Kxb4 Kxd6
44.Kc4 c5 and so on (funny blocked position)

In this variation white can go terrible wrong:
41.Kb6??(instead of 41.b3)
41... Kxd6
42.Kxa6 Kc7
43.b3 g5
44.fxg5 g6
45.Ka7 c5 and it is one of black pawns to queen first

Feb-21-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: Whilst <36...Rg4> should be a draw, I was wrong about swapping the R's off with <36...Rd1>.

<36...Rd1> also draws after <43...Kd4!!> as illustrated by wim van os. You need to be able to count accurately as every tempo counts in K+P endings!

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