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Joshua Waitzkin vs Gary Shure
MCC/ACF Intl New York (1992), rd 3
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Breyer Variation (B39)  ·  1-0



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Feb-07-05  CHEG: Excellent Endgame. After 38 ... Bxe7 I would have been happy with a draw.
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  cu8sfan: A well-known endgame trick that is worth knowing. I hope this will be endgame week. Have a great week, especially you guys partying in New Englang (Another sports trophy... *yawn*)! (-:
Feb-07-05  who: <gypsy>: Black completely collapsed in the endgame with <48...Rd2?> and <50...Rb2?>. Instead, he would have kept some better chances with 48...Rg7, and he could still have saved the game with 50...h4!

48. Rd2 loses to 49.Rf8 (and eventually b8 b7 and queens while the king guards the kingside pawns) 48... Rd4+ is a draw after 49 KxR KxR 50.Kd5 h4! 51.Kc6 Ke6 52.Kb7 Kd7 53.KxP Kc7!! draw (the white king can't get out of the coner)

50...h4 loses to 51. PxP followed by Rxa7 better is 50...Kd6 (threatening both 51.Rxa7 Kc5 and 51.Kd4 Rb2 with good chances for a draw. Even better is 50...Re2+ Kd3 Rg2 Rxa7 Kd6 or 50...Re2+ Kf4 Rf2+ Kg5 Rf5+ Kh4 Rxb5 or 50...Re2+ Kd4 Rd2+ followed by Rd7 black is a bit up.

One reason black may have played Rb2 was he was expecting 51.Rg5?! which seems to win a free pawn for white but after 51...h4!! the position is still unclear.

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  Gypsy: <who> <50...h4 loses to 51. PxP followed by Rxa7 > I can be convinced. Here is line I briefly looked at as being critical:

50...h4 51.gxh4 g3 52.Rxa7 Rxh5+ 53.Kf3 Rg4 54.Kg2 Kd6 55.Ra8 (55.Rb7 Kc5) Ra4 56.a7 Kc7 =

But I just now noticed that 56.Rc8 wins here; 56...Ra3 57.Rc6+ Kd5 58.Rxb6 ...

(I goofed, but at least it was pretty. :-))

Feb-07-05  checkpat: Standard rook endgame maneuver is not worth a quizz. Any player over 2000 plays that in Blitz!
No need to search for Bobby Fisher :=))))
Feb-07-05  Marvol: <checkpat> I hope you are being ironic... not all of us here are 2000+, and this site is meant for anyone to enjoy.
Feb-07-05  child of my tears: Too easy today! Here's my own puzzle just for a laugh. White: pawns a4, b2, c3, d3, e4, f2, g2, h3; bishops c4, e3, rooks a1, f1 queen g4, king g1 Black: pawns a6, b7, c6, d6, e5, f6, g7, h7; knight a7; bishop c8, rooks a8, h8; queen e7, king e8 It's a little harder than today's, probably worthy of a tuesday. White to play and win
Feb-07-05  catlover: I see that this game was played in 1992. I wonder how old Waitzkin was then.
Feb-07-05  SchemeSC: He would have been 15 or 16 I believe.
Feb-07-05  Castle In The Sky: I'm glad for Monday's. I usually get them , but I missed this one. Thanks for the important endgame trick, it will help my play.
Feb-07-05  Saruman: <checkpat> <Standard rook endgame maneuver is not worth a quizz. Any player over 2000 plays that in Blitz!> ...Any above 2000 plays that in his sleep.
Feb-07-05  euripides: It's a very sensible exercise for anyone who's not familiar with R+P endgames.

For stronger players, it would be more of a challenge to set it a move back, since it would be quite easy in blitz to play Rh7 or Rb7 without thinking. Black has two moves in which to achieve the tandard drawing setup, and needs three. As <Milo> suggests, White has to override a standard rule of thumb here about laterally placed rooks being better than rooks stuck in front of pawns (and another rule of thumb that says 'cut the king off'). There's a rook ending by Kasparov where he plays a nice winning combination using this motif.

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  kevin86: I thought that black's last move was a blunder,but his fate was sealed-if he stayed off the seventh row-white would check and then promote.He is about out of checks and the threat was inescapeable
Feb-07-05  dac1990: An easy puzzle, for Shure. I like endgame puzzles best; maybe there'll be more this week.
Feb-07-05  xiaolin: black said 'Let me win' and waitzkin said 'Shure gary'
Feb-07-05  karnak64: Ah. Gott sei dank for the Monday puzzle. I feel like I know how to play chess again!

Thanks, Chessgames!

Feb-07-05  WorldChampeen: Easy as can be and a common chess puzzle, move the Rook to say, h8, the Black rook takes a7, Rook to h7 checkerooni!
Feb-07-05  Shubes82: anyone know some other games where i can see some common rook and pawn ending themes. or maybe even a site where i can learn about some of the common themes in thi type of endgame? i really struggle hear and im starting to work on it. thanks a lot
Feb-07-05  Shams: <WorldChampeen> what is the notation for "checkerooni"? :)
Feb-08-05  who: <Shubes82>
multiple pawn endgame with 1 piece or even without can be the most complicated sequences in chess i recommend "How to play chess endings" by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky it goes through several endgame themes which most "2000's play in their sleep" you can see the table of contents at
Mar-19-07  aazqua: It is amazing that black managed to lose this one.
Nov-08-07  Griffard: should be 47... Ke6+
Dec-21-07  argishti: 46. Rd4+ should make Josh lose, wouldnt it?
Jun-16-08  ravel5184: <child of my tears> Could you try to learn how to create chess diagrams in kibitzes? Look at the Kibitzing Tricks in the help; it's not hard!
Jul-06-15  SpiritedReposte: I'm always on the lookout for this tactic when my rook is cramped in front of a passed pawn on the 7th rank.
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