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Henry Atkins vs Milan Vidmar
London (1922), London ENG, rd 12, Aug-15
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Closed Showalter Variation (C66)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-23-20  iron john: why draw in the final ?white has pawn up .
Jul-23-20  Sally Simpson: ***


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Very difficult to make the extra pawn count, in fact White could easily lose this if they automatically go into a KP ending a pawn up.

43....Nxc7 44.Qxc7 Qe7 and if 45.Qxe7 Black wins that ending due to the outside passed a-pawn and having c4 and d3 in the locker. The White King cannot get into the a-pawn's square, it's a runner that cannot be caught.

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Jul-23-20  Sally Simpson: ***

See above. Recently just did a column on players trying to win a drawn ending.

Here (Black to move)


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Black's best move is 1...Kh3 stalemate to remove the temptation of going for the a-pawn in an attempt to win.

If Black persists in going for the a-pawn then this happens: 1...Kf4 2. Kxh2 Ke4 3. Kg3 Kd5 4. Kf4 Kc5 5. Ke5 Kb5 6. Kd6 ....

You get to here (Black to play)


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6...Kxa5 Kc7 and White wins.

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Jul-26-20  Granny O Doul: Some decades ago, at the Pan-Am intercollegiate tournament, I witnessed an ending quite similar to the one just above. The initial position was White: Ke4, a5, b5, vs. Black: Kc5, a7, b7. White to move played 1. b6, and Black played ...a6, apparently not confident in his grasp of the king opposition theme.

The match was contested on one of the lower tables.

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