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Alexander Grischuk vs Pavel Eljanov
Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 9, Nov-22
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-25-08  Resignation Trap: Grischuk missed a forced win in this R+fPawn+hPawn vs. R endgame only as the game was entering that stage.

Position after 45.Rxb6:

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Eljanov played 45...Rg8?, which gave White his only chance. The obvious 45...Ke4 draws (45...Rg7 is also adequate).

After 45.Rxb6 Rg8? the forced win (according to ) goes like this against the best defense (the ! indicates White's only move to win): 46.h4! Ke5 47.h5! Ra8 48.h6! Ra7 49.Rb5+! Rh7
50.Rh5! Rh7 51.Kg3 Kf7 52.f4 Kg8 53.Kg4! Ra7
54.Rg5+ Kh8 55.Re5! Ra1 56.Re7! Rg1+ 57.Kh5 Rh1+
58.Kg6 Rg1+ 59.Kf6 Ra1 60.f5 Kg8 61.Ke5 Re1+
62.Kd6 Rd1+ 63.Ke6 Re1+ 64.Kd7 Rd1+ 65.Ke8 Rf1
66.Re5 Kh7 67.Kf7! Ra1 68.Re6 Ra8 69.Re8 Ra6
70.Re1 Ra7+ 71.Kf8 Kxh6

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72.Re6+! Kg5 73.f6! Kg6 74.f7! Kh7 75.Rf6 Ra8+
76.Ke7 Ra7+ 77.Ke6 Ra6+ 78.Ke5 Ra5+ 79.Kd4 Ra4+
80.Kc3 Ra3+ 81.Kb2 and wins.

After Grischuk's 46.Rb4? Black restores the status quo with 46...Ke5, and plays the remaining moves well enough to draw.

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