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Alexander Beliavsky vs Anthony Miles
Chess Olympiad (1984), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 5, Nov-23
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Modern Variation (A57)  ·  1-0



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Feb-06-06  blingice: Very good endgame by Beliavsky!
Feb-06-06  TheParadigm: I think Miles should have played on...mate with bishop and knight isn't easy, even for Grandmasters.
Feb-06-06  Jim Bartle: Maybe it's a matter of professional courtesy, though I remember Ljubojevic played on 30 moves with Rook vs. Queen against Kamsky at Linares 91.
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  gambitfan: ENDGAME:

We have ♗♘+♙♙♙♙ vs ♖+♙♙♙♙

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White to play 34.

At the 91st move (!!) White get rid of the rook and wins the game...

In fact there still remains a black pawn BLOCKADED (Game Collection: BLOCKADE) by the White Horse himself protected by the White Bishop...

There still remains for White to eliminate this Black Pawn... and we reach a position where ♗+♘ have to mate a lone ♔, which might need up to 36 moves!!

The mate of the Black King shoul be expected at about the 130th move!!

Dec-22-07  Whitehat1963: I would have played on. Big challenge to mate him in under 50 moves, I think without giving up the queen. But I'm just guessing. How quickly would a tablebase solve the ending position?
Dec-22-07  Resignation Trap: <Whitehat1963> The Shredder Tablebase, , took about 2 seconds based on how long I was waiting. After any King move by Black, 92.Ke6 mates in 25. Curiously, wihout the Black Pawn on c3, it requires <26> moves after 91...Kb3.

Dec-22-07  syracrophy: I would have loved to see if Beliavsky knows how to deliver the mate with ♗+♘ since there are several masters that hasn't learned how to mate with these pieces. It's very difficult, but not impossible
Dec-22-07  nescio: <syracrophy: I would have loved to see if Beliavsky knows how to deliver the mate with B+N since there are several masters that hasn't learned how to mate with these pieces. It's very difficult, but not impossible>

a) It isn't easy, but it is also not really difficult if you understand what you are doing.

b) If he didn't already know Beliavsky would have adjourned the game and looked for the right method in an endgame manual.

Nov-25-12  vinidivici: I dont know if 69...Rh8 is strong enough.
But surely 69...c2 is a DRAW.
70.Ne3+ Kd2
71.Bxc2 Rc8! (And the knight will fall) in view Rc3


Nov-25-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Nice find <vinidivici>

Krogius annotated this game in Informator 38/87 and passes over 69...c2 in silence.

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  woldsmandriffield: >vinidivi i< 69..c2 is a draw and you give a neat line.

Miles could still have held though. The error was 72..Rh7? reducing the distance between King and Rook. As in your line, ..c2 is the key drawing idea forcing the win of one of the minor pieces.

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72..Kc1! 73 Kf4 Kb2 74 Nc4+ Kb3 75 Ne3 Rf8 76 Kg5 Rg8+ 77 Kf6 Kb2 78 Kf7 c2!

a) 79 Nxc2 Rg4
b) 79 Bxc2 Rg3

Mar-10-19  Kirth Gersen: It's hard for me to see why Beliavsky didn't play 56...g5
Mar-10-19  Kirth Gersen: That is to say...hard to see why Miles didn't play it. But still
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  yiotta: I'm surprised how many people think Beliavsky would have difficulty mating with B and N. I doubt there are many GMs who would have much difficulty, not necessarily because they'd studied the ending, but because to achieve a GM level of skill they've learned how to use their pieces, and to think.
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