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Anthony Miles vs Steven M Odendahl
17th World Open (1989), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-16-05  refutor: fabulous swindle by odendahl
Mar-11-11  shalgo: I was wondering if this was really a swindle (a tactical trick to save a lost game) or if Odendahl just found a deep drawing combination and was never really lost.

I have therefore been looking at the game with Stockfish, and if I let it run long enough to look 20+ plies into the position, it assesses the position as drawn from move 23.

According to the computer, 23...Bxe3?! was a mistake, and Black would have been fine after 23...Rc5. In turn, White went astray with 23.fxe3?, after which Black can force perpetual check. The computer suggests that 23.Kxe3 leaves White with an advantage, but what human would want to move the king toward the center of the board and leave his pawns wrecked in such a position?

Moreover, if I start working through the moves, Stockfish's main line after 23.Kxe3 is 23...Qf4+ 24.Ke2 e4 25.fxe4 Rc4! 26.h3 Rcxe4+ 27.Kf1! (27.Bxe4? Bb5+ with a winning opposite-colored bishops attack) 27...Re3 28.Qc1 f6 29.Qc4 Qf3 30.Qh4+ Kg8 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Qh8+ Ke7 33.Qxg7+ Kd6 34.Qxf6+ Qxf6 35.Bxf6 Rxd3 36.Rxd3 Bb5 and Black might be able to hold the opposite-colored bishops endgame (though the computer still gives White the edge). Needless to say, nobody would have been able to see all of this (and the many omitted subvariations) over the board.

So even with best play, 23...Bxe3?! might have held the draw, though Black apparently had a simpler path with 23...Rc5.

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