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Alexander Petrov vs Paul Journoud
"Drawn and Quartered" (game of the day Jul-02-2013)
Paris m/1 (1863)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Anderssen Defense (C39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: Interesting draw. Black is a Rook and Pawn ahead in the ending, but his forces are completely paralysed.
Oct-06-03  Kenkaku: Indeed, you don't see one like this often. Petrov quickly exchanges all of his mobile pieces after completely immobilizing the king and black kingside pawns.
Aug-05-04  Calculoso: This game is annotated in Eric Schiller's Encyclopedia of Chess Wisdom. A very good book that I advise picking up. White ignores popular thought and trades down even when behind in material.
Aug-05-04  PizzatheHut: <> Would you mind running this by <crafty> and showing if the computer realizes the draw, or if it gives black a decisive advantage because of material? I've seen examples of computers doing this very thing and am curious if this is one.
Aug-05-04  notsodeepthought: <calculoso> It would be nice if you could provide some of the annotations to see whether there were better alternatives. For example, would 20... Bd7 (instead of ... Bf5) enable black to get out of his bind while maintaing his material advantage?
Aug-06-04  Calculoso: <notsodeepthought> It doesn't say anything about that particular move. Sorry. One thing I thought was interesting (and very easy to follow) was the fact that the Black K did not go to e7 after 16. Bh6+ returning the knight. After 16. ... Ke7 17. Bg5+ f6 18. Bxh5 where black still has a 3 point advantage and the wretched black rook at h8 actually has some value.
Aug-07-04  DanielBryant: Did anybody end up checking the final position with an engine as Pizza suggested?
Aug-08-04  Lawrence: Fritz, Junior, and Hiarcs see that 33....Bd7 gives a draw but as <PizzatheHut> surmised, they think that 33....b6, b5, Bf5, and Bc8 all leave Black with a big advantage.
Aug-08-04  PizzatheHut: <Lawrence> Thank you for analyzing with those engines. I'm curious as to why Bf5 and Bc8 give black a big advantage but Bd7 shows a draw. The only thing I can figure is that since the position with Bd7 has already appeared on the board once, the computers assume there will be a repitition. Any suggestions?
Aug-08-04  Lawrence: <PizzatheHut>, in "Anatoly Karpov's Best Games" he shows a couple of games that he won because his opponent didn't "triangulate"--not the right word--correctly with his Bishop and I wondered if that was it. (A question of getting the Bishop on the wrong square on the wrong move.)
Aug-08-04  acirce: <The only thing I can figure is that since the position with Bd7 has already appeared on the board once, the computers assume there will be a repitition.> That is almost certainly it. There is no question about 'triangulating', everything is draw here.
Aug-23-04  noone2: 20... Bf5 looks like a lemon - instead 20... Nd7 should win easily

i.e. B:d7 is silly now as black gets the e-line first and the rooks cannot be swapped (i.e. 21 B:d7 B:d7 22 Nf6+ B:f6 23 e:f6 Re8 24 Re1?? g3+!).

20... Nd7 threatens the pawn on e5 and there is now good way to defend. 21 e6 f:e6 22 d:e6 Ne5 and the e pawn is lost)

What am I missing??

Oct-28-05  who: This is the problem with opposite colored bishop endgames. They're just too drawish : )
Mar-29-06  capanegra: According to Pachman White missed a win, yes, in spite of being a hole Rook down. The right (and difficult to find indeed) continuation was 24.Rh1! Bf5 25.Rh5! Bxc2 26.Re5 and the King captures the "g" Pawn and then marches to the Queen side. Amazing, isn't it?
Jun-16-06  crafty: 33. ... ♗d7 34. ♔f2 b5 35. ♔g3 ♗f5 36. ♔g2 ♗e6   (eval -3.98; depth 21 ply; 2000M nodes)
Feb-04-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Amazing! Using <capanegra>'s line i actually won the game against CM8k, as white! Wow... Capanegra, you're the man.
Apr-18-09  WhiteRook48: drawing with no rook! Stupid!
Apr-19-09  number 23 NBer: I just love looking at this kind of game once in a while; it makes all those games when I go down a rook look brighter and full of hope.
Apr-19-09  Jim Bartle: You always hear talk about a bad bishop. Here's a bad rook, in fact a worthless rook.
Aug-15-09  WhiteRook48: really bad rook
and a bad king
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  GrahamClayton: The "Oxford Encyclopedia of Chess Games" gives 28.a3 a ?, as Black can fix the White pawns with 28...a4. Would 28.b3 be a better move, giving White the possibility to advance his Q-side pawns?
May-30-10  TheaN: <GrahamClayton>

Neither of those evaluations make much sense, both 28.a3 and c5 draw just fine. The fact is that White wants to have his pawns on dark squares vs the light-squared Bishop. After 28....b6, to block 29.c5, 29.b4! draws, allowing c5 and d6 as in the game. Once the Queen side pawns are on dark squares, White only has to move his King from and to g3 and draw.

Aug-12-10  sevenseaman: Thank you Cervanka, for the Pyrrhic draw.
Jul-02-13  King Sacrificer: Reminds Y Gusev vs Averbakh, 1946 with the prisoned king and rook.
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  FSR: Petrov's Defense often leads to a draw, but Black is usually not a rook up at the end.
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