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Boris Gelfand vs Anatoly Karpov
Reggio Emilia (1991/92), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 9, Jan-06
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Main Line (E12)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-21-10  Everett: Karpov makes a total mess of white's pawns after 18..d4!, banking that being down the "minor exchange" will be balanced by superior pawn-structure.
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  g15713: Gelfand has had this rook ending with pawn configuration (h pawn versus f- & g-pawns) – 2 times as White and once as Black (f- & g-pawns versus h pawn) and always the one being a pawn down

Boris Gelfand vs Anatoly Karpov - he drew as White this game

Boris Gelfand vs Vladimir Kramnik - he drew as White

'Gelfand vs Kramnik, 2007

Loek van Wely vs Boris Gelfand - he lost as Black

'Van Wely vs Gelfand, 1999

Position after 47…hxg4, White to move

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According to FinalGen, a chess endgame tablebase generator for Windows, this is a draw for White. Those with Lomonosov Endgame Tablebases for 7 pieces can verify this.

Continuing with the game:
48. Rc2 Ra3 49. Rb2 Kg5 50. Rb8 Ra2 51. Kg1 Rd2 52. Ra8 Kf4 53. Ra3 Re2 54. Ra1 Kf3 55. Rf1 Ke4 56. Ra1 f4 57. Rd1 Rc2 58. Re1 Kf3 59. Rf1 Ke3 60. Re1 Re2 61. Ra1 Rc2 62. Re1 Kd3 63. Rf1 f3 64. Ra1 Ke2 65. Rb1 Ra2 66. Rf1 Ke3 67. Rb1 Ra4 68. Rb3 Kf4 69. Rb8 Ra1 70. Kf2 Ra2 71. Kg1 Rg2 72. Kh1 Rd2 73. Kg1 Rg2 74. Kh1 Re2 75. Kg1 Rc2 76. Rb4 Ke3 77. Rb3 Ke2 78. Rb1 Rd2 79. Ra1

Black to move

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John Emms in his wonderful 2008 chess book, The Survival Guide to Rook Endings, remarks about f- and g- pawns vs. h-pawn positions on pages 56 and 57 as follows:

1…Rb2 (1... Rd1+ 2. Rxd1 Kxd1 3. Kf2 Kd2 4. h3 gxh3 5. Kxf3 draws)

2. Rf1 Ke3 3. Ra1 Rg2+

(<"After 3…♖b3"> White <"must be careful not fall into the trap 4 ♖e1+? ♔f4 5 ♖a1 g3!, when White is losing after 6 ♖a4+ ♔e3 7♖a1 g2. Instead White should play 4 ♖c1!.”> 4. Rd1 or Kf1 also draws.)

4. Kh1 g3

<”The only way to make any progress.”>

5. Ra3+ Kf4 6. Ra4+ Kf5 7. hxg3 Rxg3 8. Kh2 Rg4 9. Ra5+!

<"Not 9 ♖xg4 ♔xg4 10 ♔h1 ♔h3! and Black wins the king and pawn endgame.">

9…Kf4 10. Ra4+ Kg5 11. Ra3 f2 12. Rf3 Rf4 13. Rxf4 ½-½

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  Plaskett: See Anatoly´s equally determined, and ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to squeeze Fridrik Olafsson at Bad Lauterberg, 1977...
Aug-27-18  WorstPlayerEver: After 40... g5 Black is winning.

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Aug-27-18  WorstPlayerEver: Position after 29... Rxd5 is drawn.

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Could lead to the following postion, Black to move:

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Black can't make progression.


40. Rg2= was correct:

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