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Richard Valenti vs Andrew Philip Smith
10th Monarch Assurance (2001), Port Erin IOM, rd 7, Oct-05
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-23-04  mjk: Mate in 29 starting at move 60, if you can find it, and if you can do it with ♗+♘ <Nalimov>
Feb-13-06  AlexBabich: It's a shame when a 2000+ rated player has no idea how to finish a game being a ♗ and a ♘ ahead. He was plaing his last 35 moves like a little girl who got lost in a forest. And it's not that hard to win - just memorize the technique from any endgame book.
Apr-06-08  achieve: Here's a tip for the position after 73 Ke5 Kg4 -- White to play

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Here - repositioning the Knight is all that's needed; all the good hard work has been done -- now it's time to lock up the lone king by getting the ♘ to < D3 > via both <e1> or <b4>...

As a result...

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...the squares controlled by White (pawns create a PRISON from where there is no way out - EG the giant SCREEN on the f-file -- the Black pAWNS indicate the ONLY squares available for the Black King)) ... and one needs to be trained or VERY talented to easily play this out in about 20 moves; but it should be easy, although 3-5 subtleties are needed to force the lone King all the way to its doom.

IE - mating it at <a1> in this case.

Good luck! -- the practise is worth it for multiple reasons!

Apr-06-08  achieve: Correction: "mating [the lone King] at <h1> in this case."


Feb-07-09  WhiteRook48: this is why people should "Study the endgame"
Aug-11-09  RVALENTI: Yes, I don't play too much but since this game, before each tournament, I train this mate against Fritz.

In those days, I was living in Australia. During the game, Kiriakov, a russian GM, said it was normal I could not mate as I was playing knights like kangooros.

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