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Rasmus Svane vs Blasius Nuber
"Svane's Trumpet" (game of the day May-16-2018)
European Individual Chess Championship (2018), Batumi GEO, rd 1, Mar-17
Slav Defense: Breyer Variation (D11)  ·  1-0


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  HeMateMe: the Ras & Blas show. White locks down the kingside pawns, then creates an outside passed pawn on the queenside.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Well played endgame, nice use of the Bishops in particular, and White exploited Biack's Bishop's inability to participate in the game during the crucial moments.

But never mind that--what's with the title? My "best" guess: it's a pun on "trumpet swan." But that seems much too convoluted. Does it refer to some legend or myth?

May-16-18  SeanAzarin: <An Englishman>

Maybe it's a reference to the book The Trumpet Of The Swan.

May-16-18  widjaja70: Is this a draw game? Black made mistake on move 49.... cxd4. He should have played 49.... Kc6. Or else that I did not see ?
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  Grandma Sturleigh: If 49...Kc6 then 40. dxc5 Kxc5 41. Kc3 wins for White.
May-16-18  Autoreparaturwerkbau: 40...a6? was crucial mistake.

40...Nd6 instead would hold a draw.

Impressive endgame skills by Svane.

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  ChessHigherCat: Woodpushing at its woodpushingest, a veritable woodpushing fest.

Maybe the pun is based on this fittingly one-star cartoon:

* Features charmless songs, junky animation, hambone voice talent.

* One ugly duckling of a cartoon.

May-16-18  dumbgai: Compare the strength of white’s a-pawn with the sad black f-pawn.
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  Breunor: As autorepair says, Stockfish agrees the losing move is 40.. a6, although I don't really understand why (computers have their limits).

40 .. a6

1) +2.16 (35 ply) 41.Kc3 a5 42.b4 a4 43.a3 Kd7 44.Nb2 f6 45.Nxa4 e5 46.Kd3 fxg5 47.fxg5 Ke6 48.Kc3 exd4+ 49.exd4 Bh8 50.Nb2 Kf5 51.Nd3 Kg4 52.Ne5+ Kxh4 53.Nxc6 Kxg5 54.b5 h4 55.b6 Nxb6 56.Bxb6 Kf5 57.a4 Ke6 58.Nb4 Kd6 59.Bc5+ Kd7 60.a5 h3 61.a6 h2 62.a7 h1=Q 63.a8=Q

40 .... Nd6

1) +0.60 (31 ply) 41.Bxd6+ Kxd6 42.Ne5 Bxe5 43.fxe5+ Kc7 44.Kc3 Kb7 45.Kb4 Kb6 46.a3 Kb7 47.Ka5 Kb8 48.Ka6 Ka8 49.b4 Kb8 50.Ka5 Kb7 51.Ka4 Kb6 52.Kb3 Kc7 53.Kc3 Kb6 54.a4 Kc7 55.Kb3 Kb6 56.Kc2 Ka6 57.Kd1 Kb6 58.Ke2 Kb7

On 40 ... Nd6 41 B x a7:

1) +0.27 (27 ply) 41...Nf5 42.Bc5 Nxh4 43.Ke2 Nf5 44.Kf3 h4 45.Nf2 f6 46.a4 Kc8 47.Bb4 Kb7 48.Bd2 fxg5 49.fxg5 Bf8 50.Kg4 Be7 51.Nh3 Bd6 52.Ng1 Bc7 53.Nf3 Bg3 54.b4 Kc7 55.Ne5 Bxe5 56.dxe5 Kb7

widjaja, the game is completely lost by move 49 (at least if you play a computer!)

After 49 Kd3:

1) +12.27 (28 ply) 49...Kc6 50.dxc5 Kxc5 51.Kc3 Kc6 52.b4 axb4+ 53.Kxb4 Kb6 54.a5+ Kc6 55.a6 Kb6 56.a7 Kxa7 57.Kc5 Ka6 58.Kd6 Kb5 59.Ke7 Kc4 60.Kxf7 Kd3 61.Kxe6 Ke4 62.Kf6 Kxe3 63.e6 d4 64.e7 d3 65.e8=Q+ Kf2 66.Kxg6 d2 67.Qa4 Ke1 68.Qe4+ Kd1

However, Kc6 is still best!

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