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Andre Lilienthal vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Absolute Championship (1941), Leningrad- Moscow URS, rd 1, Mar-23
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-06-05  WMD: Interesting drawing strategy from the young Smyslov.
Feb-25-05  chess man: Yes, he would have been 20 years old.
Mar-11-05  fred lennox: 33...f4 with this move white's rook can no longer check the king. In essence, the white rook is inactive despite it's mobility. So too the white king.
Apr-26-09  WhiteRook48: shows the power of an active king!
May-28-09  WhiteRook48: 33....f4! as black has to threaten mate. Though if 33...Kf3?? 34 Rxf5+ is bad
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  wwall: Instead of 31.Rh6+, perhaps better is 31.h4 gxh4 (Black could play 31...Ra1+ or 31...g4) 32.gxh4 Re2 33.Rh6+ Kd7 34.h5 Rxe3 35.Rh8 Ke7 36.h6 Kf7 37.Rc8 Kg6 38.Rxc6 Kh7 39.Rxc5 Rxb3 40.Rc6. Now does someone have the 7 piece endgame tablebase to see if this wins for White?
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  nizmo11: <wwall>: tablebase says this is a draw, and does not seem to be difficult. 31...g4 looks also good defense as well as 31. h4 gxh4 32.gxh4 Rb2 with similar active defense as in the game.
This is endgame E2 in Appendix B in Terekhov's book (starting from move 28...Ke6! ). Karsten Müller who wrote this section did not find any winning chances for White.
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  GrahamClayton: Lilienthal is 4 pawns up in the ending, but Smyslov is able to get a draw by perpetual check due to his actively placed King and Rook.

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