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Tigran V Petrosian vs Aleksandar Matanovic
URS-YUG (1959), Kiev URS, rd 3, Jul-??
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Sicilian (A21)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-25-04  Nomen Nescio: I did not come up with these exact 10 moves but know that it had to start with check.
Jun-25-04  iron maiden: Classic example of drawing the endgame when down on material. Just keep your pieces together.
Jun-25-04  erikcu: 70 e=Q8.. black to play and draw.
Jun-25-04  bob725: Got the first few moves but move 73 I was going to play pawn g7, queen h5, king g8 and then play on from there.
Jun-25-04  alphee: I got the first moves until 72.... ♔h7, may be more by chance than anything else as my first attemp was 71.♔d6. I find very helpful this change in the puzzles that deal with endgame rather than series of forced moves leading to mates. End game to me is like "putting" or "short game" at golf: it is where there is never enough practice or comments ...
Jun-25-04  karlzen: <bob725>, well that's an easy mistake to make. Unfortunately for black, his pawn is going the other way around (not g6-g7-g8). We always see the board from white's point of view.

Black can thank his pawn for the draw. It's even easier a draw if the white king is on, say e4. Then black will just play Rh5-f5-h5...

Premium Chessgames Member As long as you understand the method of building a fortress by manuveuring the rook to the f-file, you solved this problem. You also should have noticed that 70...Rf4? doesn't work, because of 71.Qe5+ Rf6 72.Ke6.
Jun-25-04  patzer2: <> This is a little nit-picky, but I think you meant 70...Rf4? doesn't work, because of 71.Qe5+ Rf6 72.Ke7 <72. Ke6 is not a legal move> winning the pinned Rook.

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Premium Chessgames Member 72.Ke7 is what I meant to type, yes. Sorry about that.

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Jun-25-04  alonso666: i think knowing 70 - Ra7+ and Rf7 is sufficient
Jun-25-04  mikhs: This is a standard drawing scheme. The rook is supported by the pawn and keeps the white King cut off away from attacking that pawn. The black King in its turn defends the pawn. And all the white Queen can do is chase the black King in circles around that pawn.
Jun-25-04  pawn2E4: first i looked at r-d4 check,and then opted for ra7+ just looked better
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  kevin86: This is another "scratch your head" endings that looks like a win,but white can make no progress.
Jun-25-04  ruylopez900: interesting. I, of course, began by assuming that black was going north and wasted quite a while figuring how to promote ;) Once this was cleared up the strategy as seen in the game eventually came to me.
Jun-25-04  karlzen: <patzer2>, I'm proud of being named in the same sentence as a Grandmaster as prominent as Keene. By the way, I don't think your so bad yourself. :)
Jun-25-04  Poohavez: Game Averbakh vs Bondarevsky, 1948 is, maybe, even more striking example on the same theme. Averbakh draws with R+p against Q+p!
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  Gypsy: That is one bizare endgame <Poohavez>. Thanks for finding it!
Jun-26-04  Poohavez: <Gypsy> I have a soft spot for Averbakh - I played against him several times in simuls.

There is a story behind this engame which I read, if I remember correctly, in "Complete Genrich Kasparyan". Kasparyan published the study with almost exact same position but missed the draw. Then somebody spotted the mistake and Averbakh soon used the idea in game. But then it turned out that there was an older (and correct) study by Grigoriev with the same draw.

Here is another (maybe even more) amazing example: Salov vs Korchnoi, 1997

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  Gypsy: Thanksw again, <Poohavez>. It seems like that fortress caught Korchnoi by suprise. I'd love to know the exact words that went through his head when he realized he was up against. (It's also amasing that there is no reduction into winning pawn end-game.)
Jan-15-10  elohah: Good opening and endgame by Matanovic!

73...fortress draw!

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