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Artyom Timofeev vs Ernesto Inarkiev
Moscow Open (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Feb-10
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0
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Feb-11-08
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  Eyal: This last-round game determined the winner of the tournament - Inarkiev going into it as the leader with 7/8 and Timofeev trailing by half a point.

78.Rc7 was an inaccuracy by Timofeev, after which Inarkiev could have forced a (theoretical) draw by 78...f4, exchanging White's last pawn (79.Rg7+ wouldn't help because of 79...Kf6/h6). Later, Timofeev missed a quicker win by 87.Rc3! followed by taking the bishop and winning the pawn race, since the g-pawn would queen with a check.

Feb-11-08  notyetagm: Position after 86 ... ♔d6-c5?


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<Eyal: ... Later, Timofeev missed a quicker win by 87.Rc3! followed by taking the bishop and winning the pawn race, since the g-pawn would queen with a check.>

Position after 87 ♖e3-c3!


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<Now Timofeev missed a simple win: 87.Rc3! White will take the bishop and win the pawn race, e.g.: 87...Kd4 88.Rxc4+ Kxc4 89.g4 a5 90.g5 a4 91.g6 a3 92.g7 a2 93.g8Q+ (yes, with check, since the recapture by the black king was on c4).>


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93 g7-g8=♕+ is the <STING IN THE TAIL>: White promotes with <CHECK> and wins the pawn race.

Feb-11-08  notyetagm: Recently there have been two good examples of the <STING IN THE TAIL IN PAWN RACES>: A Timofeev vs E Inarkiev, 2008 and J Smeets vs Yifan Hou, 2008.

In A Timofeev vs E Inarkiev, 2008, White (Timofeev) missed the idea of <PROMOTING WITH CHECKK>, that is, <FORCING> your opponent's king to <LINE UP> with -your- promotion square so that you can queen <WITH TEMPO (CHECK)>.


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But in J Smeets vs Yifan Hou, 2008, Black (prodigy Hou Yifan) did not miss the opportunity to <FORCE> her opponent's king to <LINE UP> with his -own- promotion square so that the new enemy queen will be gutted by a <SKEWER>.


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Feb-12-08  notyetagm: Position after 86 ... ♔c5-d6?


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Game Collection: If you line up the pieces, reason matters not

Position after 87 ♖e3-c3!


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87 ♖e3-c3! creates a game-winning <PIN>.

Feb-12-08
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  Eyal: <notyetagm: Recently there have been two good examples of the <STING IN THE TAIL IN PAWN RACES>: A Timofeev vs E Inarkiev, 2008 and J Smeets vs Yifan Hou, 2008.>

If you count unrealized possibilities (as in this game) as well, you might add the trap laid by Adams - and sidestepped by Carlsen - in Adams vs Carlsen, 2007 with 41.Qe2(!), in case of 41...Qxb3? 42.Bd6 leading to a won pawn endgame for White, which is decided by such a combination.

Oct-20-09  TheaN: Take note that White's idea after 87.Rc3 a5 would be 88.g4 a4 89.g5 a3? 90.Rxa3 xD. No flashy combinations and whatnot, Black just can't pass the third rank. After 87....a5 88.Rxc4†??, as one user said White can just follow with taking the Bishop, loses for White.

In any variation where the Black King moves, White wins a tempo by taking the Bishop and wins the race due to check.

Jun-23-16  Smothered Mate: According to the Lomonosov tablebases:


After ​ 77. ... Kxg5 , ​ the position was drawn.

On move 78, both pawn moves draw and
everything else (including the played Kf6) loses.

79. Ra7 ​ just draws. ​ ​ ​ Ke3 was the only winning move.

79. ... Bd3 ​ loses. ​ ​ ​ Kg5 was the only drawing move. ​



According to the 6-piece tablebases:


After ​ 86. Kxf5 , ​ the position was still won for white.

90. Kd4 ​ and ​ 91. Ke3 ​ were both only-winning-moves. ​



The right moves for the 3 ply centered on white's 79 are apparently based on fighting over whether black can exchange off white's pawn.

Nov-03-16
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  Bubo bubo: 104.Rxe6+ Kxe6 105.Ke4! would be a more elementary win: the white king takes the opposition <in front of> his pawn.
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