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Boris Gelfand vs Vladimir Veremeichik
Minsk (1982), It
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Kasparov Attack (E12)  ·  0-1



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Jul-27-05  Romeo Gringo: Sorry for the silly question...this may not be the first time on this magnificent web site. I love to anylyze the chess games, but I have noticed that the ending of the games is incomplete. How come?
Jul-27-05  samvega: <Romeo Gringo> I'm going to answer your question as if you are a complete beginner. If you aren't, no offence intended.

The vast majority of games from strong amateurs up to professionals end in resignation, not checkmate. Here white would have resigned because black must eventually promote his passed pawns.

Professional games also use clocks, so some games are lost by running out of time.

And you will come across some games on this site that really are just incomplete. Hope that helps.

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  tpstar: <Romeo Gringo> Hello! Welcome to the group! These are all master games (usually GM or IM) where their endgame skills are highly advanced. For Queen & Rook versus Queen & Rook, one Pawn difference may not be decisive (= enough to win), but two Pawns is an easy win, especially connected passed Pawns. 47 ... Qxe5! won a second Pawn (48. fxe5 Rxh4+; 48. Qg4 Qf5) so White resigned rather than play out a losing game to mate.

One surefire way to improve is to analyze such final positions as to why they resigned, then work out the winning tactics on your own. If you have any questions, more experienced posters will help you out. Good luck!

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