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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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  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.

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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).
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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??

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

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  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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