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Sergei Tiviakov vs Maurice Ashley
Corus Group B (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0

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Sep-11-20  nummerzwei: The endgame of rook and two doubled pawns against rook is generally drawn if the defending king gets in front of the pawns. Here, too, Ashley could have held the position but made a mistake at move 65:


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65...Ra1! 66.Rf6+ Kb7 67.Kc5 Rc1+ 68.Kb4 Rh1 = is an easy draw.

After Ashley's slip 65...Ra2? Black is lost, which surprised me at first glance - the position after 66.Rf6+ Kb7 67.Kc5! Rxb2 68.Rf7+


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did not look lost to me. If you shift the pieces to the right by one file, Black indeed draws by means of 68...Kc8 69.Kc6 Kb8 70.Rg8+ Ka7 71.Kd6 Kb7 = - the short side defense.

With a knight's pawn, this is obviously not possible. Of course, it is then sufficient just to control the back rank, but in the game position Black cannot do so either, and therefore loses.

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