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Evgeny Romanov vs Airidas Savickas
Wch U18 (2005), Belfort FRA, rd 2, Jul-20
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation General (B72)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Apr-27-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Is the win theoretically possible after 78th move (with the best play)? It seems like "no".
May-15-07  Bob726: Yes, he has a win in 34 with perfect play.
May-16-07  aazqua: fascinating ending. The pawn is almost a negative. It's clera that white doesn't really understand the key to a bishop rook ending, which is a little ridiculous at that level.
Jan-14-09  WhiteRook48: then what's the win in 34?
Feb-07-09  WhiteRook48: why not 125...Bxh6
Mar-15-09  WhiteRook48: <aazqua> whoa, watch the way you type. "Clera?"
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  fredthebear: <WhiteRook48> 125...Bxh6 is met by 126.Rd3 preparing to give check on the h-file where the bishop interposition is a self-pin met by a waiting move, and checkmate. The line might go 126...B move 127.Rh3+ Bh6 128.Rh5 Kh8 129.RxBh6#. The Black bishop meets it's death where it captured a truly poisoned pawn.

Note that 126...Kh8 and 127...Kh7 can be met in a similar fashion, pin and waiting move by the White rook prior to capturing the bishop for checkmate.

Perhaps someone on FTB's blocked list has already responded w/such a reply that is not visible to FTB.

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  fredthebear: With the actual 126...Kxh6 is the capture of the last remaining pawn. No additional captures occur as the game drags on.

A draw claim by the 50-move rule could be applied to this game, which is the two players make 50 moves without a capture or pawn advance, then either player can claim a draw. (If a capture or pawn advance does occur, the count would start over.)

FTB has seen a player wrongly believe this also includes check, but no. Check does not re-start the count. A few may erroneously believe the rule is 15 moves instead of 50 moves.

It is likely necessary to maintain a complete scoresheet to prove that 50 moves by both players has occurred (or request an arbiter maintain the count when in time trouble and keeping score is no longer feasible).

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