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Pavel Eljanov vs Teimour Radjabov
Gashimov Memorial (2017), Shamkir AZE, rd 1, Apr-21
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


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Apr-21-17  maelith: King power.
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  Gilmoy: ... because the bad B couldn't get <behind> its own pawn chain. D'ohh!
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  morfishine: One has to wonder if Radjabov will ever regain his old form
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  Mateo: Interesting endgame Knight vs Bishop. 34...Bd5? should be the losing move. 34...Bd7, impeding Nf5, should hold.
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  patzer2: Black resigns because of the threat 47. c4 followed by 48. Kb4 or vice versa, liquidating the pawn on b5 and giving White a winning passed a-pawn.

Fritz 15 gives 46...Bd6 47. c4 h6 48. Kb4 (+3.71 @ 27 depth)

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  patzer2: <Mateo: Interesting endgame Knight vs Bishop. 34...Bd5? should be the losing move. 34...Bd7, impeding Nf5, should hold.> I agree. I played it out on Deep Fritz 15, analyzing 34...Bd7, with the following result:

34... Bd7 35. Kd2 Kg8 36. Ke3 Kf7 37. Nb3 Ke6 38. Kd4 Kd6 39. Nc5 Bf5 40. a4 h5 41. a5 h4 42. g3 hxg3 43. hxg3 Bd7 44. Ne4+ Kc7 45. Kc5 Bh3 46. Nd6 Kd7 47. c4 bxc4 48. Nxc4 Bf5 49. Nd2 Be6 50. b4 Kc7 51. f4 a6 52. Ne4 f5 53. Nc3 Bf7 54. Ne2 Be6 55. Nd4 Bd7 56. Nc2 Bc8 57. Ne1 Bd7 58. Nd3 Be6 59. Ne5 Bd5 60. g4 fxg4 61. Nxg4 Be4 62. Ne3 Bg6 63. Nc4 Bc2 64. Nd2 g6 65. Nf3 Bf5 66. Kd4 Kd6 67. Ng5 Bc2 68. Kc4 Bf5 69. Nf7+ Kd7 70. Ne5+ Kd6 71. Kd4 Bc2 72. Nf7+ Ke7 73. Nh6 Kd6 74. Kc4 Ke6 75. Ng4 Kd6 76. Ne3 Ba4 77. Kc3 c5 78. Nc4+ Kc6 79. Ne5+ Kb5 80. bxc5 Kxc5 81. Nxg6 (+0.70 @ 40 depth, Deep Fritz 15; diagram below)

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I plugged the position above into Houdin Pro Aquarium 17 and had it do an analysis with a 7 piece table base.

The Lomonosoft 7-piece tablebase indicates the position in the diagram above is a draw in 34 moves after 81...Bd1 82. Kd5 =.

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