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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Richard Reti
Berlin (1928), Berlin GER, rd 13, Oct-27
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Botvinnik Line (A28)  ·  1-0

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Jul-04-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: This game probably should not be counted as an unsuccessful defense of a pawnless R+B vs. R ending because the position after 54. Rxh6 is theoretically winning for White; and, although Nimzowitsch did not always play the most accurate move (i.e., fastest according to the tablebase at http://www.k4it.de/index.php?topic=...), the position was always theoretically "+ -" from move 54 to the end of the game.
Jul-04-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: To be contrasted with this Nimzowitsch-Reti game is Akopian vs Kamsky, 2009, in which the position after the capture of the last pawn (after 74. a7-a8=Q and 74. Kb7xa8):


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is theoretically winning (+ -), but due to inaccuracies by both sides (in zeitnot), the positions subsequently arising over the remaining course of the game saw swings in the theoretical evaluation. In the further play of the ending, Kamsky missed two forced draws based on stalemate themes (80...Rh5 and 93...Rxe7).

Jul-04-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: BTW, here are the two positions in which Kamsky missed forced draws in the game mentioned above:


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80. ... Rh5= (to be followed by a series of "Crazy Rook" moves to the same rank as the White Rook)

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93. ... Rxe7=

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