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Vitaly Chekhover vs Igor Bondarevsky
11th USSR Championship Semifinal (1938), Leningrad URS, rd 13, Jun-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Main Line (D42)  ·  1-0


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  OBIT: This is a remarkable example of a GM misplaying an apparently simple pawn endgame. Bondarevsky loses after 51...a5?, when 51...Kc6! would have led to a draw: 52. Kf5 Kd5 53. Kg5 Ke4 54. f4 h4 or 52. a5 h4 53. Kf4 Kd5 54. Kg4 Ke4 55. Kxh4 Kf3.
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  Fusilli: <OBIT ... 51...Kc6! would have led to a draw: ... 52. a5 h4 53. Kf4 Kd5 54. Kg4 Ke4 55. Kxh4 Kf3.>

Right. This is a draw. Black needs to remember to go around the White King with his King and trail the White King toward the a file. Otherwise he loses, as in: 56.Kg5 Kxf2 57.Kf4 Ke2 58.Ke4 Kd2? 59.Kd5 Kc3 60.Kc6 Kb4 61.a6 and white wins. But 58...Kf2 59.Kd5 Ke3 60.Kc6 Kd4 61.Kb7 Kc5 62.Kxa7 Kc6 draw. Or just 57...Kg2 instead of 57...Ke2.

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