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Leonid Shamkovich vs Boris Spassky
"I've got thiS-pass-key" (game of the day Mar-29-2021)
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 16, Dec-11
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  1-0



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Dec-26-13  Howard: Benko analyzed the endgame for this game back in the 1980's for his "Chess Life" endgame column.
Feb-01-20  Olavi: 56...Ba8 draws, according to Flohr in the tournament bulletin. It seems good, the main point being that a future Kxa8 will be answered by Kc8(c7), boxing the wK in.
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  OhioChessFan: IIRC, <Honza> and I had a look at similar endgame motif, where the King shuffle Kc8/c7 saves Black.

As for the saving move Ba8, I am reminded that Arno Nickel has suggested a Correspondence version where being stalemated would be a minor loss-worth 1/4 point. GMAN appeals to endgames a Pawn up. But how would you like to be a Pawn <up> with White, your move, and you lose 3/4 a point like this?

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Jul-12-20  edubueno: There were at least two mistakes on black movements 56 and 57. The black king should go directly to the h pawn, and draws easily.
Mar-29-21  I like ya cut g: Why did black resign in the final position? It looks like a draw to me.
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  beatgiant: <I like ya cut g> White's plan is to march his king to d8, followed by Kxc7, then push the b-pawn, win the bishop and finally queen the a-pawn.

How does that look like a draw? Can you post an example line?

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  AylerKupp: <I like ya cut g> FWIW in the final position White mates in 19 moves with best play by both sides per the Lomonosov tablebases. It's also a win for White after 59.Kxe3, White mates in 23.
Mar-29-21  RandomVisitor: With cold precision, Stockfish declares that 4 moves for black draw at move 56, Bb7 not among them:


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<62/10 01:32 -0.00 56...Ba8> 57.h5 Ke5 58.Kxe3 Kf5 59.b4 Kg5 60.b5 Kxh5

62/10 01:32 -0.00 56...Ke4 57.h5 Kf5 58.Kxe3 Kg5 59.Kd4 Ba8 60.Ke5 Kxh5

62/8 01:32 -0.00 56...c5 57.h5 Ke5 58.Kxe3 Kf5 59.a8R Bxa8

62/8 01:32 -0.00 56...Ke5 57.Kxe3 c5 58.h5 Kf5 59.a8R Bxa8

<61/65 01:32 +152.55 56...Bb7> 57.h5 Ke5 58.b4 Kf6 59.Kxe3 Ba8 60.Kf4 Bg2 61.h6 Ba8 62.h7 Kg7 63.Ke5 Kh8 64.Ke6 Bc6 65.b5 Bf3 66.Kd7 Kg7 67.Kxc7 Kxh7

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