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Efim Geller vs Fridrik Olafsson
Hoogovens (1969), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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  zydeco: If 46....Nxf5 47.gxf5 Re7 48.Ng4 Rxe4 49.Nf6+.

If 47....Rc6 I think 48.Ng4 followed by 49.e5 and the connected passed pawns are stronger than the exchange.

Apr-17-15  Mr. V: This is a wonderful endgame.

Zydeco, I think if in your line after 47...Rc6 48.Ng4, then black plays 48...Re-c5. This gives black some counter play.

Now, if 49.e5 then 49...Rxc2 50.Nf6+ Rxf6 51.Rxc2 Rxf5 and maybe a draw. If 49.Kd1 h5 should do the job. Black looks good, I think.

Tell me if I'm missing anything important.

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  zydeco: <Mr V> Yeah, if 48....Rec5 49.c4 and white's threatening Nf2-d3, so if say 49....h5 50.Nf2 Re5 51.Nd3 Re7 52.e5 and white's position is at least aesthetically more appealing.

By the way, 48.Nd3 Re7 49.e5 h5 would transpose to pretty much the same position as the move I suggested (48.Ng4).

But the final position in this variation isn't so easy to evaluate. White has two advanced passed pawns, but black has the exchange and the g and h-pawns will get mobile quickly. Olafsson rejected it but the line he chose instead (remaining a pawn down) loses without too much fuss.

Apr-21-15  Mr. V: That seems to wrap things up, then. Thanks.

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