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Reginald Pryce Michell vs Mir Sultan Khan
Scarborough (1930), Scarborough ENG, rd 11, Jul-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  0-1



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Apr-29-04  Blumster: Underpromotion collection?
Apr-29-04  iron maiden: Nice try by White, but it wasn't quite enough to save the game.
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  Phony Benoni: <master of defence> After <96.Kh7>:

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Consider what would happen if it were White's move. If the knight moves, it is immediately captured. The only king move is 97.Kh6, but then Black mates on the move with 97...Rh3#.

So Black just has to preserve the position, and a waiting (tempo) move of the rook to g1, g2, or g4 will do this.

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  perfidious: <mod> White probably saw that 96.Kh7 would also leave no way out after 96....Rg4. As in the game, the knight goes lost.
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  Fusilli: White had clear advantage in the middlegame but let it fizzle. Starting with 48.Rb1, he tries to force the position, unsuccessfully. Then, in this position:

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He totally loses his cool with 67.Bf3? Black trades the bishops and enters an advantageous endgame.

Notice that after 67...Bxf3, 68.Rxf3 would lead to a lost position after 68...Kc5!

But not 68...Rxf3? 69.Kxf3 Kc5 70.Ke3 Kb4 71.Kd2 Kb3 72.Kc1 Kc3.

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White has arrived at the promotion square just in time. Now 73.h3, 74.g3 and 75.h4 draws.

It's possible that the endgame after the bishop trade is not yet lost, but it surely is White who needs to fight for the draw at that point. The black passer is dangerous.

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