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Ossip Bernstein vs Geza Maroczy
San Sebastian (1911), San Sebastian ESP, rd 15, Mar-16
French Defense: General (C00)  ·  1-0


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  meloncio: Last round of the tournament and a painful defeat to Maroczy. Bernstein wrote that, around 20 years later, Maroczy told him: "Dr. Bernstein, at last I've found how I could have a draw in our game at San Sebastian 1911" (!!).

Bernstein says that 59...Be8 was a blunder, and the good move was 59...h2.

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  offramp: 59...h2 does seem to draw, and it is quite a clever line:

59... h2 60. Nxh5+ Kh4 61. Nf4 h1=Q 62. f7 Qe1+ 63. Kd6 Qd2+ 64. Ke7 Qb4 very clever! 65. f8=Q Qxc5+ 66. Kd7 A cool move! ...Qxa5 67. Kxc6 and I suppose that is a draw.

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Aug-25-07  ForeverYoung: nice posting offramp. 60 ... Kh4 is the important improvement over 60 ... Kg4? which allows 61 f7 h1Q 62 Nf6+!

Unfortunately "Lesser Known Chess Masterpieces 1906-1915" doesn't give the source of this analysis.

This game, by the way is an excellent N Vs. B ending and a real gutcheck for those masters who played it.

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  whiteshark: <67. Kxc6 and I suppose that is a draw> yes, tb draw
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  whiteshark: Starting after <59. Nf4>, Rybka gives ... Be8 as best, not seeing 61. Kd6 and 62.Kc7. Sliding forward it realizes the king's route.
Mar-08-09  olaeng: Doesnt 59 ... Bf7 also draw?
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