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Alexander Kotov vs Salomon Flohr
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 15, Dec-09
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Mannheim Variation (D23)  ·  0-1



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Mar-03-08  Resignation Trap: After 66 moves, this is a tablebase draw according to .

After 79.Ra8 h3, White makes an error:

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Kotov's 80.Rg8+? allows Black to set up a winning position with 80...Kf4.

80. Rb8 Rh4 81.Kg1 h2+ 82.Kh1 was one way to draw.

Another amusing point takes place after White's 84th move:

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Black's most direct win is 84...Kg3 85.Rg8+ Kh2 86.Rf8 Ra2! 87.Rg8 <if 87...Rxf5 Kg3 88.Rg5+ Kf3 89.Rf5+ Kg4 90.Rf8 Ra1+ 91.Kf2 h2 92.Rg8+ Kf4 93.Rf8+ Kg5 94.Rg8+ Kf6 95.Rh8 h1=Q and wins.> 87...f4 88.Rg7 f3 89.Ke1 Rg2 90.Rf8 Kg3 91.Rg8+ Kf4 92.Rf8+ Ke5 93.Re8+ Kd6 94.Rd8+ Ke7 95.Rh8 h2 96.Rh6 Rg1+ 97.Kf2 h1=Q and wins.

Black gets another opportunity to play this line at move 86, but he plays 86...Rg3 instead, because 86...Kg3 would allow White an immediate draw by a threefold repetition of position! Unfortunately for Flohr, his 86...Rg3 allows White to reestablish a theoretically drawn position instead.

Kotov then tires of playing defense and in the following position, after Black's 97th move:

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White's only move to draw is 98.Re7!, for example, 98...f3 99.Kg3 Re3 100.Ra7. White's 98.Rh7? tosses the draw away for good.

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  gambitfan: 1) mated-in-22 (34 ply) 115.♖a3+ ♖e3 116.♖a1 ♖e1 117.♖a3+ ♔e4 118.♖a4+ ♔d5 119.♖a5+ ♔c6 120.♖a6+ ♔b5 121.♖f6 f1=♕ 122.♖xf1 ♖xf1 123.♔g3 ♔c6 124.♔g2 ♖f5 125.♔g3 ♖f8 126.♔g4 ♔d5 127.♔g5 ♔e4 128.♔g6 ♔e5 129.♔g5 ♖g8+ 130.♔h4 ♖g1 131.♔h5 ♔f4 132.♔h6 ♔f5 133.♔h7 ♖g6 134.♔h8 ♔e6 135.♔h7 ♔f7 136.♔h8 ♖h6#
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