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Sergey Borisovich Smagin vs David Bronstein
Moscow-ch (1982), Moscow URS
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-12-13  vinidivici: 71.Kg3 is the move of inaccuracy.

White aiming to advance the h-pawn and to do so need a protection from the rook at of course h-file (h1 square).

But to do so, white needs to worsen the black king position.

71.Ra1+! Kb4...the black king position worsened

72.Rh1!! b2
73.h6! whatever black would do, even the mildest logic would find a win.

73...Rxh6 74.Rxh6 b=Q 75.Rb6+...1-0...thats why we need black king at the b-file

73...b=Q 74.Rxb1+....1-0...the white 2 pawns (soon connected) just too much for black.

73...Kc4 74.g5...1-0...same thing, the white pawns just too strong.

73...Rf8+ 74.Kg3 Kc3 74.g5 Kc2 (74...Rh8 75.Kg4...1-0...same thing, white pawns too strong) 75.h7...1-0...white pawns at 5th and 7th rank impossible to stop by the rook alone meanwhile blacks chance to queen useless with the white rook sacrifice.

Of course, maybe some of you dont fit with 72...b2, but other choices like 72...Kc4/Rf8+ dont help either, its an easy win ,

72...Kc4 73.h6 Kd4 74.g5 b2 75.Rb1... 1-0

72...Rf8+ (most ridiculous sure) 73.Kg3 b2 74.h6 Kc4 75.g5 76.Rh8...1-0...same old same old white pawns just invincible.

So the conclusion is, 71.Ra1! is a MUST. 71.Kg3 just like in the actual game is just wasting tempo. In the game 71...b2 72.Rb1 resulting the draw.

Another move 71...b2 72.Rh1 also draw but with the accurate answer 72...Rh6!!

72...Rh6 needed to keep halting the white pawns advances and black threatening to Kb3 and Kc2. DRAW

You can find this ending in Chess Informator 33rd edition, but you will find very different with my short explanations here, because i have done the complete checking of myself that of course too long to put in here.

Oct-07-19  Straclonoor: In <CB> position

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appears after 68 moves. Probably some move repetitions missed here. Anyway, this position won for white (line starts from 69th move).

69. Rc5 Ka3 70. Ra5+ Kb3 71. g5 Kc4 72. Kf4 b3 73. Ra1 Kd5 74. Kf5 Kd6 75. Kf6 Rh8 76. Rb1 Rxh4 77. Rxb3 Rf4+ 78. Kg7 Rg4 79. g6 Ke6 80. Rf3 Rg2 81. Kh7 Rh2+ 82. Kg8 Rh1 83. g7 Ke7 84. Re3+ Kd7 85. Re4 Kd6 86. Kf7 Rf1+ 87. Kg6 Rc1 88. Rg4 Rc8 89. Kf6 Rg8 90. Rg5 Re8 91. g8=Q Rxg8 92. Rxg8 Kc5 93. Rd8 Kb5 94. Rc8 Kb4 95. Ke5 Kb5 96. Kd4 Kb6 97. Rc5 Ka6 98. Kc4 Kb6 99. Kb4 Ka6 100. Rb5 Ka7 101. Ka5 Ka8 102. Kb6 Kb8 103. Rc5 Ka8 104. Rc8# Lomonosov TB7

Oct-07-19  Carrots and Pizza: This looks like the kind of opening that the top GMs are playing these days, complete with pawns on c3 and d3, with much shuffling around and a symmetrical pawn structure.

Who else finds these Guico Piano's kind of boring?

Having said that, this was an amazing draw by Black! This endgame is very instructive, although I haven't looked it over with a computer yet.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

17 round affair, this was the Round 5 game. Bronstein and Rashkovsky tied first with 11.

Interesting positional fencing game with the players using epees instead of sabres. Going through it slowly till the lone Rook ending you can see quite a few parry and thrust ideas.

Bronstein seemed to prefer 3...Nf6 over 3...Bc5 (possibly feared the Evans, he would rather be White, has in fact P.2. Lost 2 with it as Black in the mid 40's.)

Noticed a few moments in this game.

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instead of 26...Qxd6 the move 26...Rxd6 gets two minor bits for a Rook but White has two pawns. Bronstein without a doubt saw it and knocked it back.


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I was thinking 37.bxc6 Nxb7 38.cxb7 with Bg2 and Ra1-a8 ideas. (not so much of an epee to sabre swap, rather a wooden cudgel attack.) Black can hit the b7-pawn with Rooks and sac-back the exchange.


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