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Ulf Andersson vs Gedeon Barcza
Hastings (1972/73), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-29
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Ultra-delayed Exchange Variation (D79)  ·  1-0



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  Mateo: Interesting to see these two ending experts playing an ending together.

41.Neg1 <White has a big edge. A better pawn structure (there are several targets in Black's pawn structure, like b5, b6 and g5), and a Knight superior to Black's Bishop. He threatens 42. Nh3 winning a pawn.> Nb8 <41... Nf8 was the only way to defend the g pawn. Barcza choses instead to attack the a2 pawn. But at the end of the variation, White will have a passed pawn on the g file, while Black will have two doubled pawns on the b file blocked by the White's b pawn, so no passed pawn. In a way, it could be said that White has an extra pawn. Now the game is lost.> 42.Nh3 Nc6 43.Nhxg5 Nb4 44.a3 Nc2 45.Nh3 Bc6 46.g5+ Kf5 47.g6! Be8 <47... Kxe6 48. Ne5+, the fork wins the Bishop.> 48.Nf4 Nxa3 <48... Bxg6 49. Nh4+, again winning the Bishop.> 49.Ne5 Kf6 50.Nh5+ Ke7 51.g7! Bf7 52.Ng4 <Or 53. Ng6+! followed by Nf6.> Nc2 53.Nhf6 Na1 54.g8=Q Bxg8 55.Nxg8+ Kf7 56.N8f6 Ke7 <56... Nxb3 57. Nd7 wins the b6 pawn.> 57.b4 Nc2 58.Nh5 Nxb4 59.Ke2 Nc6 60.Nf4 Na5 61.Nd3 Nc4 62.Kd1 Nd6 63.Kc2 Kd7 64.Nde5+ Kc7 65.Kc3 Ne4+ 66.Kb3 Nd6 67.Kb4 Kd8 <67... Kb7 68. Ng6, the threat 69. Nf8 wins either the e6 pawn either the b5 pawn.> 68.Nc6+ Ke8 69.Na7 Kf7 70.Nxb5 Ne8 71.Kc3 <71. Nc3 Nd6 72. Na4 Nc4 73. Kb5 wins the b pawn.> Kg6 72.Kd3 <72. Ne5+ and 73. Nd7 wins the b pawn.> Kg5 73.Ne5 Kf6 74.Nd7+ Kf5 75.Ke2 Kg4 76.Kf2 Ng7 77.Nd6 Nh5 78.Kg2 Kh4 79.Kf3 Kg5 80.Nxb6 Nf6 81.Na4 e5 82.Nf7+ 1-0

Sep-10-11  2drchess: This was a difficult game for me to grasp for the first 30 moves or so. Andersson showed an incredible amount of patience in this game and his handling of a tricky knight ending where Barcza was itching to create drawing scenarios was especially instructive. How many times I wanted to snap the Black b-pawn off the board only to see Andersson forge ahead to snuff out any drawing chances Barcza had.
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  perfidious: <2drchess: ....How many times I wanted to snap the Black b-pawn off the board only to see Andersson forge ahead to snuff out any drawing chances Barcza had.>

That pawn was stone dead-no need to hurry, a useful principle in this type of position which I learnt long ago.

Apr-07-15  offramp: Uh-oh!!

Chess adventurer Parimarjan Negi has once again been travelling through time and space and now he has become 'Lost in Space' in a hideous English coastal town in the arse-end of 1972.

Can you find him before he freezes to death? That means you've got about two days!

Apr-08-15  disasterion: <offramp> I refer the honourable gentleman to the reply I made some moments ago:

Bronstein vs Karpov, 1972 (kibitz #4)

Apr-08-15  disasterion: White's 41st, in this case. Did you really search the database for Neg1 moves? That shows impressive dedication to a tortuous pun...

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