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Richard Rapport vs Kacper Piorun
Bundesliga (2013/14), Baden-Baden GER, rd 4, Nov-24
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  1-0


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Nov-29-13  fisayo123: Cheap endgame tricks.
May-06-14  Whitehat1963: I don't understand the ending. Black was probably lost, but why throw it away?
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Whitehat1963


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Black has one check. 63..Qh6+ 64.Kg4 and then that's it. Black is faced with mate on h8 or getting the Queens off going in an Rook ending 3 pawns down.

So he played 63...Rb5(!) 64.Qxb5 Qe5+.

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If White was clumsy enough to play 65.Qxe5 then it's stalemate.

Despite the other lad calling it a cheap endgame trick it was most likely played with a broad grin, or for all we know White may have been in TT.

The games history has given 100's us of trick stalemates even amongst GM's. If it had worked it would added to the pile and gone around the world.

So 10/10 for imagination and effort.
He most likely saw it here.

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The annoying thing being Rb5 does not win the Queen due to Rh8 mate. It's a good fighting game of chess. Richard Rapport's games are often wee treasures of creativity. He would have smiled at the last ditch effort to save the game. A very good player.

May-08-14  Whitehat1963: Thanks, <Sally Simpson>! I see it now.
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