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Chen Zhu vs Mark Taimanov
Hostdans Veterans vs Ladies (1997), Copenhagen DEN, rd 4, Jul-19
Bogo-Indian Defense: Wade-Smyslov Variation (E11)  ·  1-0



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Aug-08-04  Shah Mat: wow. a superb game by Chen.
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  nasmichael: Both players came to fight.
Nov-06-09  GaeBulg: I love the knight moves at the end. The two knights just outgun that lone rook.
Jul-22-10  arnakor: Very nice double exchange sac !
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  Peligroso Patzer: Here is the PGN for another game between these players not currently to be found in this database.

The game below (starting with the position after <85. Rh2>) is analyzed at pages 18-19 of <Tragicomedy in the Endgame: Instructive Mistakes of the Masters>, by Dvoretsky, Mark, Russell Enterprises, Inc. ©2011. Relying on MD's annotations, I have indicated with <?> or <??> (in accordance with Dvoretsky's characterization of each such move) the blunders that caused each half-point swing in the theoretical evaluation of the position:

[Event "Cancan Veterans-Women"]
[Site "Roquebrune"]
[Date "1998.09.15"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Zhu Chen"]
[Black "Taimanov, Mark E"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "2480"]
[BlackElo "2455"]
[PlyCount "195"]
[EventDate "1998.09.07"]
[EventType "schev"]
[EventRounds "12"]
[EventCountry "FRA"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1998.11.30"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. e3 b6 5. d5 d6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Bxd7+ Nxd7 9. Nc3 e5 10. Nd2 Be7 11. h4 Qg6 12. g4 f5 13. gxf5 Qxf5 14. Nde4 Nf6 15. Ng3 Qg4 16. Qxg4 Nxg4 17. Ke2 Kd7 18. Rag1 Nf6 19. h5 Rhg8 20. Nge4 Nxe4 21. Nxe4 Raf8 22. Rg4 Rf5 23. Ng3 Rg5 24. Re4 h6 25. b4 cxb4 26. Rxb4 Rc8 27. Rc1 Bd8 28. c4 Rg4 29. Kd3 Rh4 30. Rbb1 Rh2 31. Rc2 Bh4 32. Ne4 Rf8 33. Rg1 Rf7 34. Rcc1 Be7 35. Rh1 Rxh1 36. Rxh1 Rf5 37. Rh2 Bf8 38. Ng3 Rf7 39. Ke4 Ke8 40. Rg2 Rc7 41. Kd3 b5 42. cxb5 Rc5 43. e4 Rxb5 44. Nf5 Ra5 45. Nxg7+ Kf7 46. Ne6 Rxa2 47. Nxf8 Kxf8 48. Rg6 Ra3+ 49. Ke2 Ra6 50. Rxh6 Kg7 51. Rg6+ Kh7 52. Re6 Rb6 53. Re7+ Kh6 54. Rxa7 Kxh5 55. Rg7 Kh6 56. Rg8 Rb3 57. f3 Rb2+ 58. Ke3 Kh5 59. Rc8 Rb3+ 60. Kf2 Kg5 61. Kg3 Kf6 62. Rc6 Ke7 63. Rc7+ Kf6 64. Rd7 Rb6 65. Kg4 Ra6 66. Rh7 Ra3 67. Rh8 Ke7 68. f4 exf4 69. Kf5 f3 70. Rh7+ Kd8 71. Ke6 Re3 72. Kxd6 Rxe4 73. Rf7 Ke8 74. Rxf3 Rh4 75. Rg3 Rd4 76. Rg8+ Kf7 77. Rd8 Ra4 78. Rc8 Rd4 79. Rd8 Ra4 80. Rb8 Rd4 81. Rc8 Rd1 82. Rc2 Ke8 83. Kc6 Ke7 84. Re2+ Kd8 85. Rh2 Rc1+<??> 86. Kd6 Kc8 87. Rh8+ Kb7 88. Kd7 Rc7+ 89. Ke6 Rg7 90. Re8<??> Rg5<?> 91. d6 Rg6+ 92. Kd7<?> Rg1<?> 93. Re7<?> Rg8<?> 94. Rh7 Rf8 95. Ke7 Rf1 96. d7 Re1+ 97. Kd8 Kc6 98. Kc8 1-0

Here is the starting position (after <85. Rh2>) for Dvoretsky's anaysis:

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Nov-26-11  engineerX: Beautiful game with the double exchange sacrifice!
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  WannaBe: Chen was 20 or 21 at the time this game was played, wow!
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  Penguincw: Two knights always tricky.

Endgame Statistics

♘♘♙♙ vs. ♖♙

The superior side (white) wins 83.3% of the time.

A draw happens 16.7% of the time.

The inferior side (black) has never won.

This game, no exception.

After the black pawn gets won by forced, it'll be like this:

♘♘♙♙ vs. ♖

The superior side (white) scores 5/5.

If anyone is curious, here are the games:

M Stark vs W Adams, 1948

Vidmar vs L Steiner, 1948

Zsuzsa Polgar vs Ljubojevic, 1994

A Freter vs J Thielemann, 1994

Victor Agafii vs G Rohit, 2001

Interesting how black won all 5 of those games.

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