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Sergey Karjakin vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Youth - Experience (2006), Amsterdam NED, rd 7, Aug-26
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Gurgenidze Variation (B36)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Mateo: A thematic ending in many variations with the Marocsy Bind. Sound defence of Ljubo in the Bishop vs Knight ending.

42. Kxd4 Kd8 <In order to impede the Bishop to invade e8, when the Knight moves.> 43. e5 Ng8 <43... dxe5? 44. dxe5 Nd7 (otherwise the White King invades c5) 45. Bxd7 Kxd7 46. Kc5, White wins the King ending.> 44. f5 g5! <The simplest way to draw.> 45. h4 g4! <Closing another door.> 46. b5 <46. Ke4 (with the idea 47. Kf4) f6.> axb5! <Black must not allow 47. bxa6. For instance, 46... Kc7? 47. bxa6 bxa6 48. Bb3! wins. 1) The Bishop goes to c4, 2) then the Black King must go to b7, 3) then the White King goes to f4, if 4) to impede Kg5, Black must play f7-f6 5) White plays e5-e6 and brings the Bishop to c6 winning either the h5 or the a6 pawn. If Black trades the d6 pawn with the e5 pawn, then 1) the Bishop goes to c4 2) the Black King must go to b7 3) White pushes f5-f6 if the Black Knight is on h6 or d5-d6 if it is on g8.> 47. Bxb5 f6! 48. e6 <You can see the big difference, if Black would have a pawn on a6, instead of b7.> Nh6 49. Ke4 Ng8 50. Kf4 1/2-1/2

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