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Luke McShane vs Jan Gustafsson
Bundesliga (2008/09), Various GER, rd 15, Mar-29
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Delayed Exchange (C85)  ·  1-0


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Mar-31-09  nuwanda: Wow, what a howler of a game...

I wonder why Gustafsson took the pawn ending with 88...Rh5

To my eyes it looks lost from the very beginning, white has a protected passed pawn. Ok, black can manage a breakthrough on the queenside, but by doing this, white queens always a move earlier.

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  tamar: 88...Rh5 is okay. Black looks even close to winning doesn't he? I think if Black hung back and waited until White committed to going for the h pawn, he could have then played ...b5.

As it was, his King was too far away to stop the b pawn.

The duel of the central versus outside passers recalls Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1896 which Black also lost, when he had a clear draw.

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  tamar: <nuwanda> After playing through it a bit, I think you are right.

White has better King position than in the Pillsbury game, and Black cannot ever play ...b5

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  whiteshark: At a score of 3.5:3.5 this was the decisive game of the last round Bundesliga team match between Hamburg and Bremen.

If I recall it correctly at move 47 both players had only 2-3 minutes left, with 30 seconds increments per move.

So this was a kind of rapid endgame...

Oct-07-09  Smileshire: Absolutely brillant from Luke!


Oct-07-09  Smileshire: Prrr .. How Glorious Luke has made himself today.

A true brother beloved!

Oct-07-09  Smileshire: I think Jan was caught for a second by Luke's divine light of Saturns second moon.
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