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Max Euwe vs Vasja Pirc
Euwe - Pirc (1949), Bled - Ljubljana YUG, rd 6, Jun-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation (D30)  ·  1-0



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Jul-16-11  Articcircle: A very intresting pawn ending. 51.-a5? was bad. Black obtains a draw with 51.-a6! 52.b4-b5 53.a5-Kf6 54.Kh5-Kf5! 55.Kxh6-Kf4! 56.g3 Kf3!!(to 56.- Kxg3? follows 57.Kg5!)

57.Kh5-Ke4! 58.g4-Kxd4 59.g5-Kc3 60.g6-d4
61.g7-d3 62.g8=Q-d2 Now it turns out that White cannot win because his QB4 square is inaccessible to the queen.

Jul-16-11  ozmikey: Interesting. There was a similar trick that might have occurred in a Prokofiev-Tartakover (yes, Prokofiev the composer) game from 1933, which Edward Winter chronicled here:

It's also worth mentioning that White can't even tempo Black into zugzwang after 51...a6. After 52. b4 b5 53. a5 Kf6, White can play 54. Kf4 instead, hoping for 54...h5?! 55. g3!, when Black will be forced to abandon the d-pawn and ultimately enter a difficult queen ending, but after 54...Ke6! 55. g3 (or 55. g4 Kf6 56. Kf3 Kg5 57. Kg3 Kf6! (not 57...Kg6? 58. Kh4! and White has his zugzwang) and a draw) 55...Kf6 56. g4 Ke6! and since White can't play 57. g5? h5, it's still a draw.

K+P endings are never as simple as they seem!

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  Chessical: Commenced Ljubljana Thursday, 23rd and continued at Bled Saturday, 25th June 1949.
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