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Ulf Andersson vs Ennio Arlandi
Banco di Roma 9th (1985), Rome ITA, rd 5, Feb-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Attack (D64)  ·  1-0



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Oct-28-03  fred lennox: After move 29 Andersson is in his element. Black has 21/2 backwards pawns (f7 plays the role of weak), white only one. With cunning play the advantage tells. Brilliant is though black king is more centrally placed at 47 Ke4, so often decisive in rook pawn endings, it is forced to capture a3.
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  Mateo: <fred lennox> Black made a big mistake with 34... Qe6?, and Andersson did not take advantage of it. 35. Bc6! would have been very good. Maybe he did not played it because of 35... Re3. But after 36. fe Ne3 37. Kg1 Nd1 38. Qd2! Ne3 (not 38... Qc6 39. Qd1, with an easy win for White in the Queen ending) 39. Qe1 g5 (39... Qe7 40. Kf2 wins) 40. Bb7 wins.
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  Mateo: Looking once again to this ending, I don't see how White wins if Black plays 53...hxg3 or 54...hxg3.
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  beatgiant: <Mateo>
It might go 54...hxg3+ 55. Kxg3 Rf4 <56. Rg7> Kxa3 57. Rxg5 Rxb4 58. f4

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The final result isn't obvious to me. You found a draw?

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  Mateo: <beatgiant> Maybe, although I am not sure. The all idea is that the 'b' pawn is very strong and could give enough counterplay. But of course this needs extensive analysis.
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  beatgiant: <Mateo>
My first impression, not having done <extensive analysis>, is that White would have good winning chances.

For example, from my diagram above, 58...Rc4 59. f5 b4 60. f6 b3 61. f7 b2 62. f8(Q) b1(Q) 63. Qa8+ picks up the c-pawn. Black will be two pawns down, and I don't see a perpetual check.

Or 58...Rc4 59. f5 Rxc5 60. Kf4 b4 61. f6 Rxg5+ 62. Kxg5 b3 62. f7 b2 63. f8(Q) b1(Q) 64. Qa8+ Kb2 65. Qb7+ forcing a queen trade, after which White wins with the extra h-pawn.

Sep-14-19  RookLifter: Interesting game and nice analysis by <Mateo> and <beatgiant>. Seems as if Ulf anyhow has the upperhand in these variations. Would be interesting to see if a decent chess engine could come up with more variants (donít have access...).

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