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Samuel Sevian vs Timur Gareyev
US Championship (2019), St Louis, MO USA, rd 4, Mar-23
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2


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White played 67. Rxe2 starting the 50 move rule.

50 moves later...

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White played 117.Bxg3 stalemate.


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  saffuna: Black played 30...Ra4 for seemingly no purpose in a losing position.

Then 32. Rd3 allowed 32...Rxb2 and an even position. I am guessing that if 33. Rxb2, then 33...Rxc4+ 34. Ke3 d4+.

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  Garech: What a swindle! I was watching this live and Stockfish gave white +8 after 31.Rb3. Really tough luck for Sevian - he's a great player and clearly has massive potential for the future.


Mar-28-19  rcs784: Why did Garayev even have to go into the R+B vs. R ending? Isn't 57...Rd1 just an easy and immediate forced draw?
Mar-30-19  OBIT: <rcs784>If your plan is to promote the pawn next turn, that doesn't work: 57. Rxh3 e1Q+? 58. Bxe1 Rxe1 59. Kxd4 Kf7 60. Rd3 and White can reach the Lucena position for a win. Better is 57...d3, but it probably ends up in another R+B vs R endgame, e.g. 58. Ke3 Kf7 59. Rh8 Ke6 60. c6 Rc1 61. Kxd3 Rxc6 62. Re8+ followed by Rxe2.
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