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Max Walter vs Rudolf Spielmann
Bad Sliac (1932), Sliac CSR, rd 12, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation Tartakower Line (B74)  ·  1-0

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Aug-24-04  mjk: Hello, Rook-and-Pawn-endgame specialists, can Black avoid losing?
Aug-24-04  RisingChamp: Well mjk its difficult to say since you dont specify from which point....But I suppose u mean in the final position? Well obviously black can play only kf3.Anything else and ke2 wins.And after that Rf1+ Kg2 Ke2 is a trivial win.So the final position is trivially won.
Aug-24-04  mjk: <RisingChamp> I wonder if there is a save around move 50.
Aug-24-04  RisingChamp: Well mjk I am no expert on rook and pawn endgames but playing it over from move 50 I see only 1 real chance.Of course this might be totally misguided or wrong but at move 57 I think black has to look for counterplay via e5 the idea being that black can advance his pawn to e2 and then white has got to hide his king to avoid black promoting and if he hides it behind the passed pawn he will create then of course it cant promote and meanwhile blacks king holds the h5 pawn.To be honest I dont think it works against best play but I think its a better try than the text.
Aug-24-04  RisingChamp: p.s sorry i meant move 58
Mar-25-06  waddayaplay: Smyslov & Levenfish ("Rook ending", 1989) praise white's play and do not see any improvements for black.

However, they do think white should've played 59.Rb4!

Feb-11-07  sandmanbrig: <waddyaplay> 59. Rb4 isn't possible.
Feb-11-10  BobbyDigital80: <sandmanbrig> Yes it is.
Feb-11-15  RookFile: 34. h4! looks like the move of the game. White avoid the "automatic" 34. hxg4 in for of a more dangerous rook pawn.
Oct-12-17  Retireborn: An interesting endgame which is analysed in the Levenfish/Smyslov book, as mentioned below.

Their analysis is mostly very accurate, but they missed a trick near the end. They give 63.Re4 a ! and call it a problem-like move. But it's only 65...d5 that loses; Black can hold the draw with a series of three only moves ie 65...Rxb7 66.Kxb7 e4 67.Kc6 e5= (confirmed by Nalimov.) An easy mistake to make, as White to move after 66.Kxb7 would win with Kc6.

Spielmann's position from the opening was pretty bad, and Walter missed several chances to win more smoothly; 21.Qxe4, 38.h6, 40.h6, and the Levenfish/Smyslov 59.Rb4! as mentioned below.

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