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Alexander Kotov vs Glenn E J Lambert
Lord John Cup (1977), London ENG, rd 4, Sep-??
Indian Game: London System (A48)  ·  1-0



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  Calli: The story goes that, as the game was being adjourned, Kotov pointed out the variation 41...Ke7 42.Re6+ Kf7 43.Rxe8 Kxe8 44.Re6+ Kf7 45.Rxe4 and White wins. Lambert resigned on the spot. Later that evening he realized that he could have won!
Dec-10-03  fatbaldguy: To follow up on the previous post: the point is that after 43 R:e8, black would not play K:e8, but 43 ... g3!, and white cannot stop the g pawn from queening (with mate or with further loss of a white rook).
Aug-10-05  prinsallan: Heres where I found the game so I could send it in:

The game was adjourned in the position of the diagram. Lambert offered a draw, which was stupid enough, but when Kotov told him his sealed move was 42.Re6+ and the intended continuation 42...Kd7 43.Rxe8 Kxe8 44.Re6+ followed by Rxe4 and Rxg4, he even resigned. Kotov's great authority may have helped him to miss that with 43...g3, instead of recapturing the Rook, he could have won - the adjourned position was a forced win for him.

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  perfidious: This position was discussed in Chess Life and Review not long after the game was played; though I don't recall which issue, Lambert proposed a draw at some point near the end, which infuriated Kotov, as he believed the game was won for him in short order.
Aug-10-05  prinsallan: <perfidious> Dont miss my collection of all the "Ultimate Blunders", its hysterical ^^

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Aug-10-05  pantlko: yes ... what a blunder by black..43..g3 was of course winning!!
Dec-09-08  Sacsacmate: What if Rg7+.... king has to go to d8 then R:a6 is not that concluding or am I missing something ?!!
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: 42.Rg7+ Kd8 43.Rxa6 Re7 is still winning for Black. Eventually, White'll run out of checks, and then the three connected advanced passed pawns will be decisive.
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