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Bassem Amin vs Grzegorz Gajewski
Reykjavik Open (2013), Reykjavik ISL, rd 10, Feb-27
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Feb-27-13  hellopolgar: Last round clutch win for white here.
Feb-27-13  amr52: great game bassem .
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  Eyal: Another example of how tricky rook endgames can be. After 43.fxg3 the position is a tablebase draw, and 43...Ra6 & 44...Ra1 were precise moves by Black, but <45...Ra3?> is a losing mistake. The way to draw was <45...Re1!> with the idea of Re7 and winning the f7-pawn (note that in case of Rh8+/Kxf7/Rh7+ followed by a rook exchange the black king needs to end on e7 in order to draw - with the king any further from the K-side, as on d7, the pawn endgame would be winning for White); or, in case of 46.g5, 46...Re5! so that 47.g6 can be met by 47...Rg5+ & Rxg6.

After Black's mistake, 46.Kf2! (the only winning move) removes the king from the g-file, so that if the black rook tries to return to the 7th it doesn't work anymore: 46...Rd3 47.g5! and now after 47...Rd5 48.g6 there's no saving check on g5.

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  tamar: It is paradoxical that Black wants to get to the e file, but the direct attempt 43...Re6 loses to the King advance 44 Kh4

So Gajewski perhaps saw that he could force White to put the King on the g file with 43...Ra6 44 g4 Ra1 when 45 Kg3 or 45 Kh2 allow the only drawing move 45...Rf1 (45...Re1 loses here to the King advance echo 46 Kf4) but missed that 45 Kg2 pulls back the King just long enough for 45...Re1 to work.

Tough way to lose.

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