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Nigel Short vs Jonathan Speelman
Hastings (1987/88), Hastings ENG
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0



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  wordfunph: 46...Re6?? 47.b7! if 47...Rb6 then 48.Rc6+!
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  Eggman: Hmmm. Is the position after 47.b7 Rb6 48.Rc6+ Rxc6 49.b8/Q so resignable? Apparently Speelman thought so, but I don't see it.
Apr-17-13  Nerwal: Well... not really. Speelmann resigned because of 47. b7 ♖b6 48. ♖b3 ♖xb7 49. ♖xb7 and this endgame wins without much trouble because the white rook is optimally placed, attacking the black pawns from the seventh rank. On the contrary, after 48. ♖c6+ ♖xc6 49. b8=♕ ♖f6 it looks like black has a fortress (at the very least there would be no reason to resign at this point).

46... ♖e6 is indeed a blunder, though. 46... ♖e8 seems to draw. Black would then find time to push his kingside pawns before giving the rook for the b pawn.

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  Eggman: Yes. In overlooking the simple 48.Rb3 it seems I committed the same blunder as Speelman. Oh, well ... at least I'm in good company.
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  Plaskett: Speelman and I looked at this game round his place in early 1988. He was highly impressed by Shortīs handling of the early middlegame. Although, I must say, he handled the subsequent complications in his own inimitable fashion, and itīs a shame he let the draw slip towards the end.
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