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Anthony Miles vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Interpolis 10th (1986), Tilburg NED, rd 12, Nov-03
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0



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Sep-10-02  refutor: ljubojevic's knight is en prise for 27 moves! it is attacked by 12.h3 and finally moves on 39. ... Ne3!
Apr-16-04  acirce: 12. h3 threatens the knight - and it retreats in move 39 after being en prise for 27 moves! Curiosity noted by Tim KrabbĂ©, of course.
Apr-17-04  iron maiden: This would be a record for a piece being en prise.
Apr-17-04  acirce: Actually KrabbĂ© also gives an example of a Bishop being en prise from a pawn for even longer (Wolthuis - Fokkink, Amsterdam 1987) I don't find it in the database but check :)
Apr-17-04  nikolaas: I think it's difficult to analyse the possibility hxg4 after each move. I wouldn't been delighted if I must do so. Too difficult for me.
Apr-17-04  acirce: Well...between moves 14 and 34 white is just being mated instantly if he captures it.
Apr-17-04  nikolaas: <acirce> That's true, and again I didn't see it! I think I'd better shut up; each time if I say something about a game it's wrong. I guess it's just stupidity...
Jul-22-05  PaulLovric: fantastic
Feb-05-06  McCool: That Knight stayed there a long time.
Feb-23-07  think: Whats the finish after 60. Qb7?
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  tpstar: 60 ... Qb7 61. Kh2 h4 62. g3 hg+ 63. Kxg3 Kb6/Kb8 64. Qxb7+ Kxb7 65. h4 with a won K&P endgame since the enemy King is outside the Square.

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Feb-23-07  Billy Ray Valentine: <tpstar: 60 ... Qb7 61. Kh2 h4 62. g3 hg+ 63. Kxg3 Kb6/Kb8 64. Qxb7+ Kxb7 65. h4 with a won K&P endgame since the enemy King is outside the Square. >

I think that is the best way to victory. Other less precise methods fail: 60... Qb7 61. Qxb7+ Kxb7 62. h4 Kc6/7 63. g4 Kd6 64. gxh5 Ke6 65. h6 Kxf6 66. h7 Kg7 and Black catches the pawn. King and Pawn endgames can be tricky, and it is easy to throw away a half point or even a whole point.

Alternatively, I think 60...Qb7 61. h4 Kb6/8 62. Qxb7+ Kxb7 63. g4 Kc6/7 64. gxh5 65. Kd6 h6 66. Ke6 h7 and black does not stop white from queening... Either way, black is lost...

Feb-23-07  tatarch: Very pretty ending combination for white from move 50 to the end.
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  al wazir: 57...Rb7 58. Qf8+ Kc7 (58...Qc8? 59. Ra8+) 59. Rc1+ Kb6 60. Rb1+ Ka7 seems to give black better chances.
Jan-19-09  WhiteRook48: great game! That knight was SO en prise...
(sorry for the ENTIRELY obvious post.)
Jan-31-11  Whitehat1963: Interesting, complex, and wild puzzle-like combination to finish it. Pure pleasure!
Nov-24-15  kyg16: What a game!! Should be GOTD.
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  offramp: Miles and Ljubojevic! Two iconoclasts. Both didn't do well against Nigel Short.

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