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Friedrich Saemisch vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Hannover (1926), Hannover GER, rd 7, Aug-17
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1

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Feb-03-13  Old King Cole: Failure to see a simple knight fork led to Saemisch's demise, likely due to endgame fatigue in which Nimzovich's knight defeats White's bishop. In the duel of Knight vs. Bishop, chalk up one for the knight.
Feb-03-13  master of defence: I donīt understood 43.Bd6. Isnīt the simplist 43.Kg2 with idea of h3-h4-g5-xf5 better for white?
Feb-03-13  Octal: <master of defence> doesn't 43 Kg2 Ke3 win a pawn?
Jul-17-13  thomastonk: A few days ago, <DoctorD> gave somewhere at cg a valuable hint: FinalGen. Today was my first opportunity to apply this tool, and I begun with the position after 40.. ♔e4:


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White's position is really bad: Black's king is superior, the knight is well placed, and Black's pawns cannot be attacked. So, I thought.

Then I used FinalGen in the draw detection mode, because Saemisch wrote that a draw is still possible. What do you guess: which move keeps the draw? 41.♗d6 or 41.♗g5? Or both? Or even 41.♔g3?

FinalGen's answer is astonishing: every move except of 41.a4 holds!

Saemisch gave a ? to 43.♗d6, and that's indeed the losing move according to FinalGen, because White will lose the bishop (see the game) or the pawn on a2. So, we've seen that the pawn a2 is needed, but the pawn f4 is not. I think, I will study this ending in more detail.

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