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Josip Rukavina vs Zlatko Topalovic
VI IM (2001), Rijeka CRO, rd 7, Nov-09
English Opening: Halibut Gambit (A10)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-29-05  Rogon: This game was clearly white's until 28. Bxd7? Instead 28. Nxg6+ gives a clear advantage to white when the a1-h8 diagonal comes under massive pressure, the danger being f4!

The other thing is that this game was clearly black's in the end-game, but it was wasted away. 64... Ke6?? draws to 65. Kf4, whereas 64... Ke5 wins, and 65... Kf7?? draws, whereas 65... Ke5 wins.

Apr-01-06  esticles: <Rogon> Your analysis of the endgame is incorrect--there is nothing black could have done to win the endgame. It is a theoretical draw because the black king can never advance ahead of his pawn. 64...Ke5 Ke3 and white keeps opposition, while 65...Ke5 is the same position as move 68 in the game.
Apr-01-06  azaris: <64...Ke5 65.Ke3 and white keeps opposition> What opposition? 65...f4+.
Apr-02-06  esticles: <<azaris: 64...Ke5 65.Ke3 and white keeps opposition> What opposition? 65...f4+.> That is precisely the point! Black is forced to push his pawn ahead of his king, forcing a well-known draw in which black can never get his pawn to the seventh without a subsequent stalemate. Note that the 2 h-pawns make no difference here, because white still draws if black exchanges his f-pawn for white's h-pawn.
Apr-02-06  azaris: <Black is forced to push his pawn ahead of his king, forcing a well-known draw in which black can never get his pawn to the seventh without a subsequent stalemate.>

It's not that easy: 66. Kf2 Ke4 67. Ke2 f3+ 68. Kf1 Kf5 69. Kg1 Ke5 70. Kf1 Ke4 71. Kg1 Ke3

Jan-28-08  mrbiggs: It's a tablebase win at 64... whether black moves Ke5 or not. (Ke5 mates in 21 while Ke6 mates in 23.)

Black's only drawing mistake in the endgame was in fact agreeing to a draw! The final position is won for black after 78. Kf1 Ke5 79. Ke1 Kf5 80. Kf1 Ke4 81. Kf2 Kf4 82. Kf1


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and after Kg3 black has two passers and wins easily.

Jul-08-08  4tmac: A simple tablebase win from move 62 on like mrbiggs says. (halibut gambit?)
Jan-15-09  WhiteRook48: 2...b5 isn't played today, I think.
Jan-15-09  blacksburg: that's because it smells fishy.
Aug-15-15  sfm: <mrbiggs: ... Black's only drawing mistake in the endgame was in fact agreeing to a draw! ... 78. Kf1 Ke5 ...>

Stunning!!! Such a simple position. Fooled all, including the IM!

Dec-29-17  Straclonoor: <esticles: -there is nothing black could have done to win the endgame. It is a theoretical draw because the black king can never advance ahead of his pawn.>

Lomonosov TB7
61. Kd2 g5 62. fxg5+ Kxg5 63. Ke3 Kf6 64. Kd4 Ke6 65. Kd3 Ke5 66. Ke3 f4+ 67. Kd3 Kd5 68. Kd2 Ke4 69. Ke2 f3+ 70. Kf1 Ke5 71. Ke1 Kf5 72. Kf1 Ke4 73. Kf2 Kf4 74. Kf1 Kg3 75. Ke1 Kxh3 76. Kf2 Kg4 77. Kf1 h3 78. Kg1 Kf4 79. Kf1 h2 80. Ke1 f2+ 81. Kd1 f1=Q+ 82. Kc2 Qa1 83. Kd2 h1=Q 84. Ke2 Qab1 85. Kd2 Qhe1#

Jun-21-19  areknames: An IM agrees to a draw in a won position, this endgame is well worth studying.
Dec-29-19  patzer2: Perhaps they agreed to a draw because 78. Kf1 would be a three time repetition (see 74. Kf1 and 76. Kf1).
Dec-29-19  patzer2: Now 74...Ke5! -+ would have given Black the win.
Dec-29-19
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  Count Wedgemore: On this level this is a rather trivial win. Strange that such a strong player as Topavolic should botch this clearly won endgame. As <patzer2> noted, 74...Ke5 (or even 76...Ke5) is completely winning.

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