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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Sipke Ernst
Tata Steel Group B (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B14)  ·  1-0


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Jan-28-13  thomastonk: Interesting game, but I'll focus to the ending. Ernst mishandeld the pawn ending, maybe because he wanted to trick Naiditsch. As a consequence he got the bad side of a queen+pawn vs queen ending, which was nevertheless drawn.

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This is the game's postion after White's 67th move. A rook pawn gives less winning chances than the other pawns, because he protects the king badly. My endgame books study mostly positions where this pawn is already on the 7th rank, which seems already quite difficult.

The crucial mistake happened just here:67.. ♕g4+? allowed White to hide his king on f8. If Black would have played 67.. ♕g3+, then 68.♔f8 can be answered by 68.. ♕d6+, of course. Hence White can choose between ♕g6, ♔h7 and ♔h8.

68. ♕g6 ♕f4! and if White avoids to repeat the position with 69.♕f7, and plays h6 or moves the king, then 69.. ♔e7! draws. E.g.

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The two king moves can be treated in one line: 68.♔h7 ♕d3+! 69.♔h8 ♕c3+! If the White queen interrupts the checks on g6 or g7, Black's queen returns to f3, again with the idea to approximate the king one more line.

So, the drawing idea that works here against the rook pawn differs from those against other pawns, where the best place of the defending king is often far away from the pawn, in order to allow a perpetual.

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