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Vlastimil Piza vs Evgenij Miroshnichenko
"Leaning on Piza" (game of the day Mar-14-2008)
Pardubice KB op (1996), rd 4
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Larsen Variation (B04)  ·  0-1


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Mar-14-08  Buddy Revell: Zugzwang and, to add insult to injury, mate in a few moves.
Mar-14-08  GMNick: Good maneuvering by black to force the zugzwang and win a good endgame.
Mar-14-08  wouldpusher: 20. ... ♘xc1 gave Black the advantage of a Bishop pair, which he used to press his advantage until the endgame.
Mar-14-08  piever: I don't know what is Piza's rating, but against a 2647 rated player I would have taken the draw at move 6...
Mar-14-08  PinnedPiece: If not 59 NxF2, then 59...Bb8 game over.
Mar-14-08  Mizerak: What am I missing? Even after the h3 pawn falls, doesn't White just keep the king on h1 and the bishop on the h1-a8 diagonal? Black cannot trade white bishops, as the rook pawn is the wrong colour. I realize there may be something simple I am missing - I just want someone to point it out. :-)
Mar-14-08  Mizerak: Ah. Black gets the pawn to h3, and brings the bishop to g2 via f1. Never mind. :-)
Mar-14-08  Nimzoholz: 70. Bf1 hoping for Kxf1 stalemate is a pipedream. Black has much better with 70...Bb7+ and mate is in 1 move.
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  kevin86: An unusual ending!

In the fullness of time,black will

1 capture the pawn at h3

2 move the bishop to f1

3 move the pawn to h3

4 mate after ♗g2+ ♗xg2 hxg2#

And time is approaching its fullness.

White can only hasten the process-not defer it.

Mar-14-08  SuperPatzer77: Why White resigns is because White is in a complete zugzwang. 70. Bc6 Bxh3, 71. Bb7 Bf1 (getting the Black h-pawn to h3), 72. Bd5 h3, 73. Ba8 Bg2+, 74. Bxg2 hxg2# 0-1.

If White tries to save the White h-pawn with 70. Bf1, Black declines to capture the White Bishop at f1 because of stalemate and then forces checkmate with 70...Bb7+.

Mar-14-08  Magic Castle: <Mizerak:> yup. Its mate by pawn afterwards.
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  whiteshark: The ♖♖ didn't cause Piza's problems, to a greater degree it was caused by two clerics.
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  ajk68: 30. Rd2?

Trading down into an endgame against a bishop pair with pawn imbalances on both wings. It would be interesting to see if white can hold after move 30 with accurate play, but this is way beyond me.

I would be interested if 47. Ba6 would work. White would go down a pawn but enter into an opposite color bishop endgame.

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  Jimfromprovidence: White should draw with 45 Bb7, limiting black's endgame mobility as displayed in the text by forcing the white bishop exchange. (Black must exchange or lose the a pawn.)

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After 45... Bxb7+ 46 Nxb7 below, it does not appear that either side can make additional progress.

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Mar-14-08  Manic: <Jimfromprovidence> Doesn't white's knight vulnerable position leave black at least a small advantage after 46...Bb6, where if 47.a4 then 47...a5 and now sooner or later white will have to try and free the knight with b4, giving black a passer.
Mar-14-08  sleepyirv: I'm missing the logic behind 35. Ba8. Is it out zugzwang?
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Manic><Doesn't white's knight vulnerable position leave black at least a small advantage after 46...Bb6, where if 47.a4 then 47...a5 and now sooner or later white will have to try and free the knight with b4, giving black a passer.>

White does not have to play 47 a4, 47 kf3 is better. It sure looks like a drawn position, doesn't it?

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Mar-15-08  Manic: <Jimfromprovidence> Yeh sorry I forgot that white could play b4 to free the knight.
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