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Maxim Vladimirovich Turov vs Tania Sachdev
Tata Steel Group C (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-24
Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A04)  ·  1-0


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Jan-24-12  Jamboree: She held on valiantly until the end, but I'm confused about move 55.

What if instead she had played simply 55. ...Kxf7, followed by 56. Rxf8+ Kxf8 57. Ke4 Ke7 58. Kd5 Kd7. Then what? How does white win?

If 59. e3 Ke7 60. Kc6 Ke6, how will white ever chase black's king away from the black d-pawn? Black will always be able to shuffle either e6-e7-e6, or e7-d7-e7, depending on where white puts his king. And as soon as white pushes any pawn into taking range, black just snaps it off.

For example, in the line above, 61. Kc7 Ke7. Or backing up a move, 60. d4 exd4 61. exd4 cxd4 62. Kxd4 and again black just shffles back and forth, and white cannot make progress.

Thus, way back on move 55, white can't exchange rooks lest it lead to a draw -- but he has no choice! His rook can't escape and must exchange. Thus, it's a forced draw.

So it seems to me that black threw away the easy draw by playing 55. ...Rxf7?

Or am I missing something obvious?

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  Sastre: If 55...Kxf7, 56.Rxf8+ Kxf8 57.Ke4 Ke7 58.Kd5 Kd7 59.e3 Ke7 60.Kc6 Ke6 61.e4 Ke7 62.Kc7 Ke6 63.Kd8 Kf6 64.Kd7 wins.
Jan-24-12  Jamboree: Duh! Thanks for pointing out the obvious oversight in my line.
Jan-24-12  Everett: Pretty straight-forwarded chess from Turov. I am fond of the strategic exchange of bishop vs knight in closed positions when my remaining bishop has great scope, as is the case here. Both Smyslov (usually against slightly weaker opponents) and Seirawan played this way, and it can offer a framework for solid positional play. Of course Capablanca may have been the first to master this idea in his games.
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