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Vladimir Akopian vs Kiril Georgiev
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 4, Aug-10
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Romanishin Attack (E12)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-05  Poisonpawns: This should have been a draw,but black wasted many tempi at the end of the game but it may have been due to time trouble
Dec-18-05  Confuse: interesting end game!

one of those rare times u need to get a knight with that pawn. its too bad theres no situation where u'd rather have a rook or a bishop then the lady.

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  plang: After a draw in game 1 this win clinched the match for Akopian in round 4 of the World Championship tournament; he went on to defeat Movsesian and Adams before losing to Khalifman in the finals. 9..Be7 was new; 7..Bd6 had been played in Krasenkov-Gelfand Polanica Zdroj 1998 (drawn). In his Endgame Manual Dvoretsky provides extensive analysis of the ending arising at move 34. While theoretically drawn extreme precision is required by Black to split the point. Georgiev lost several tempi which ended up costing him the game. 38..Ra3+? chasing the king towards the queenside was illogical; 38..f6 followed by 39..g5 would have been better. 43..Ra4? was a poor move (43..Kg6 or 43..Ra2 would have been better) as after Akopian's 44 a6 44..Rxh4 would have lost to 45 Ra8..Ra4 46 a7..Kg7 47 Kb6..Rb4+ 48 Ka5.
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  g15713: Drawn position if played correctly
Look at a similar game between Tal and Gipslis

'Tal vs Gipslis, 1983

E. 1
Black to move. Last: 34.Ke3

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Game continued: 34...Ra1?! and eventually lost

Dvoretsky in his <Endgame Manual - 3rd edition, diagram 9-166>

<"In this case, the "?!" symbol expresses my perplexity.
...why has he released the pressure from the f2-pawn?">

<"Black does not care about the activation of his king. Perhaps Georgiev rejected"> 34...Kf6! in view of 35 Rf4+ Ke6 36 a4, but he could play 36...f6! then, followed by ...g6-g5, <"driving the rook back from its comfortable position on f4 where it has been protecting all the white pawns.">

E. 1.1
After 34...Kf6

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Stockfish 25 / 60-minute analysis:

2) +0.87 (38 ply) 35.Ra7 Ke5 36.Ra5+ Kd6 37.a4 Ke6 38.Kf3 Kf6 39.Ra6+ Ke5 40.Ra7 Ra3+ 41.Kg2 Kf6 42.Ra5 Rd3 43.Ra6+ Ke5 44.Ra7 Ra3 45.Kg1 Ke6 46.Kh2 Kf6 47.Ra6+ Ke5 48.Ra8 Ra2 49.Kg2 Ra3 50.a5 Ra4 51.Ra7 Ra2 52.Kf3 Ra3+ 53.Ke2 Ra2+ 54.Ke3 Ra3+ 55.Kd2 Ra2+ 56.Kc3 Rxf2 57.Kb3 Rf1 58.a6 Ra1 59.Kc4 f6 60.Kb5 Rb1+ 61.Kc6 =

3) +0.87 (38 ply) 35.Kf3 Ke5 36.Ra5+ Ke6 37.a4 Kf6 38.Ra6+ Kf5 39.Kg2 Ra3 40.Kf1 Ke4 41.Ra7 Ke5 42.Kg1 Ra2 43.Kg2 Ra3 44.Kf1 f5 45.Ra5+ Kd4 46.Ra6 f4 47.Rxg6 f3 48.Kg1 Rxa4 49.Rf6 Ra3 50.Kh2 Ke5 51.Rf4 Rc3 52.Kh3 Ra3 53.Rf8 Ke4 54.Rf6 Ke5 55.Rf4 =

1) +0.92 (45 ply) 35.Ra7 Ke6 36.a4 f6 37.Ra5 Kf7 38.f3 Ke6 39.Kf4 Ra1 40.Ra8 Kf7 41.Ra7+ Ke6 42.g4 hxg4 43.Ra6+ Kf7 44.fxg4 Rf1+ 45.Kg3 Rg1+ 46.Kf3 Rh1 47.g5 fxg5 48.hxg5 Rg1 (FinalGen =) 49.Ra5 Rf1+ 50.Ke3 Ra1 51.Ra8 Rg1 52.Kf4 Rf1+ 53.Ke4 Rf5 54.a5 Rxg5 55.a6 Ra5 56.a7 Kg7 57.Kd3 g5 58.Kc4 g4

2) +0.90 (44 ply) 35.f3 Kg7 36.Ra7 Rb2 37.Rd7 Rg2 38.Kf4 Ra2 39.Ra7 Rb2 40.Re7 Ra2 41.Re3 f6 42.Ke4 Rc2 43.f4 Rc8 44.Kd4 Ra8 45.Rc3 Kf7 46.Kc4 Ke6 47.Kb3 Rb8+ 48.Ka2 Ra8 49.Rc5 Kd6 50.Rb5 Kc6 51.Rb4 Kc5 52.Kb3 Re8 53.Rc4+ Kb6 54.Rc3 Re4 55.a4 f5 56.Rd3 Re6 57.Ka3 Re4 58.Rc3 (58.Rd6+ leads to diagram E. 1.6) Rd4 59.Kb3 Ka5 60.Rc5+ Kb6

3) +0.85 (44 ply) 35.Kf3 Ke5 36.Ra5+ Ke6 37.a4 f6 38.Ke3 Kf7 39.f3 Ke6 40.Kf4 Ra1 41.Ra8 Kf7 42.Ra7+ Ke6 43.Ra5 Rc1 44.Ra6+ Kf7 45.Ra7+ Ke6 46.Ra8 g5+ 47.hxg5 Rc4+ 48.Ke3 fxg5 49.Kd3 Rb4 50.Kc3 Rb7 51.Ra6+ Kf5 52.Rh6 Ra7 53.Kb4 Rb7+ 54.Ka3 Rd7 55.a5 Rd3+ 56.Ka4 Rxf3 57.Rxh5 Kg4 58.Rh7 Kxg3 59.Rg7 g4 60.a6 Rf8 61.Kb5 Kf4 62.a7 =

E. 1.2
After 34...Kf6
One possible line: 35.Ra5 Ke6 36.a4 f6 37.f3 Ra3+ 38.Ke4

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Stockfish 25-minute analysis:

1) =0.00 (47 ply) 38...g5 39.Ra6+ Kf7 40.a5 gxh4 41.gxh4 Kg6 42.Kd5 Ra4 43.Ra8 Rxh4 44.Kc6 Ra4 45.Kb5 Ra1 46.Rg8+ Kf5 47.a6 h4 48.Rh8 Kg5 49.Rh7 Ra3 50.Rg7+ Kh5 51.Rc7 Kg5 52.Kb6 h3 53.Rh7 Rxf3 54.a7 Rb3+ 55.Kc6 Ra3 56.Kb7 Rb3+ 57.Kc6

E. 1.3
After 34...Kf6
Another possible line: 35.Ra5 Ke6 36.a4 f6 37.f3 Ra3+ 38.Kf4

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According to FinalGen:

E. 1.4
This can be met by 38...g5+ 39.hxg fxg+ 39.Kxg5 Rxf3 =

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E. 1.5
If instead 38...g5+ 39.hxg fxg+ 39.Rxg5 Rxa4+ 40.Ke3

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40...Ra3+ or h4 =

E. 1.6
Black to move. Last: 58.Rd6+

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58...Ka5 59.Rxg6 Re3+ 60.Kb2 Kxa4

Black can draw - FinalGen

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