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Keith Arkell vs Mihai Suba
London WFW (1991), London ENG, rd 13, May-??
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation (A62)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-10-08  Bear With Me: Amazing tenacity from Arkell to grind out a win in a double rook ending with a solitary pawn that lasted for 51 moves !! You don't see many endings like this one:
Aug-24-20  choumicha: 1st game in his book "Arkell's Endings" (aug. 2020)

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  offramp: Oddly, it ends with simplest of all beginner's checkmates:

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It's the two-rook checkmate.

Sep-10-20  JimNorCal: Looks like 108. ... R4g2 was sub optimal
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  woldsmandriffield: I'm not sure about Arkell's approach to this ending. I think White should be mindful of the single Rook endings that might arise. These are typically won with Black's King cut off along the fifth rank. For example:

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This position is won for White regardless of who has the move. Consequently 61 Rb2 (61 Ree5), 73 Rf3 (73 Rdd5), and 83 Rbb6 (83 Re5) look like they make White's task harder.

Suba's best chance to hold was to counter-attack and Arkell game him a chance to do just that.

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96 Rg7 was presumably born of fatigue in this very demanding ending (96 Rf5 intending Kh6, penetrating). After 96..Kf3 (counter-attacking against the Pg4) 97 Ra3+ Kf2 there is no way for White to make progress - Black's Rooks are too active.

It should be said that double Rook endings are notoriously difficult in practical play.

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  g15713: E. 1.0
Black to move on 58

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Syzygy says the position is a a tablebase win for White

Game continued:
58...Kf5 59.Rb5+ Ke4 60.Re6+ Kd4 61.Rb2 (61.Re2 is a quicker win) 61...Kd3 62.Rf2 Ra8 63.Rf4 R8a2+ 64.Kf3 Rf1+ 65.Kg4 Rg1 66.Rf3+ Kd4 67.Kf4 Ra8 68.Re4+ Kd5 69.Rd3+ Kc5 70.Rc3+ Kd6 71.Rd3+ Kc5 72.Re5+ Kc4 73.Rf3 Kd4 74.Rg5 Rf8+ 75.Kg4 Ra8 76.Rg6 Ke4 77.Rb3 Ra4 78.Kh5 Ra5+ 79.Kh4 Rh1+ 80.Kg4 Ra8 81.Rb4+ Ke3+ 82.Re6+ Kd3 83.Rbb6 Rg1 84.Rbd6+ Kc4 85.Kf4 Kc5 86.Rc6+ Kb5 87.Rb6+ Kc5 88.Ra6 Rf8+ 89.Rf6 Rd8 90.Rac6+ Kd5 91.g4 Rf1+ 92.Kg5 Rg1 93.Ra6 Rg8+ 94.Rg6 Re8

E. 1.1
White to move on 95

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Syzygy says White is still winning

But White played 95. Ra5+? (draw) Ke4 96. Rg7 and Black returned the favor with 96...Kd4? (loses)

E. 1.2
White to move after 96...Kd4

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Syzygy says White wins

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  g15713: F. 1.0
Instead of 56...Kg6? Black had a chance to draw
with 56...Kf6 or Ke6

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Stockfish gives the following analysis after 25-minute evaluation.

1) =0.00 (43 ply) 56...Kf6 57.Rhh7 d5 58.Rhg7 Kf5 59.Rbf7+ Ke6 60.Rh7 Ke5 61.Rc7 Kf6 62.Rhd7 Ke5 63.Re7+ Kf6 64.Rg7 Kf5 65.Rgf7+ Kg5 66.Rg7+ Kf5

2) =0.00 (43 ply) 56...Ke6 57.Rh6+ Ke5 58.Rb5+ d5 59.Rh5+ Kd6 60.Rbxd5+ Ke6 61.Rhg5 Rxa7 62.Rde5+ Kf6 63.Ref5+ Ke6 64.Rf4 Rh7 65.Rg8 Rf7 66.Rg6+ Ke7 67.Rb4 Ra2+ 68.Kh3 Rh7+ 69.Kg4 Kf8 70.Rg5 Ra8 71.Rg6 Rg7 72.Rxg7 Kxg7

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