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Richard Reti vs Zsigmond Barasz
Szekesfehervar (1907), Szekesfehervar AUH, Aug-??
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1-0

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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-19-04
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  Chessical: Barasz gives away a vital tempo by playing <40...h5?> instead of <40...h6!>, and this one mistake loses the endgame.

Without the extra tempo, Reti cannot Q his pawn to win. Using Reti's method:

<40...h6!> 41.h4 gxh4 42.gxh4 h5 43.Ke3 Ke5 44.c5 bxc5 45.bxc5 Kd5 46.Kf4 Kxc5 47.Kxf5 Kd4 48.Kg5 Kc4 49.Kxh5 Kb3 50.Kg6 Kxa3 51.h5 Kb2 52.h6 a3 53.h7 a2 54.h8Q+ Kb1 55.Qb8+ Kc1 =

Jun-19-04  acirce: Thanks <Chessical> for all your instructive and interesting endgame lessons.
Jun-24-04  Poohavez: Golombek in "Reti's Best Games of Chess" (1954) gives incorrect analysis of this endgame. He writes: "40...h6 would have given White more difficulty and chance to go wrong; however he could still win by 41.h4 Ke6 42.hg hg 43.c5 bc+ 44.Kxc5 f4 45.gf g5 46.Kd4"

Of course, after 40...h6 the game is drawn. The mistake in Golombek's line is 45...g5?? Correct move that leads to draw is 45...gf!

<chessgames.com> Shouldn't this game be classified as D46 rather than as D11 (or as D02 in notation)? Also, the event is "Hungarian National Tournament".

Oct-19-04  fred lennox: A 17 year old victory. It shows the quality of mature Reti; a primarily strategic, non e4 player who gears his game toward endgame play. Reti is one of the most naturally talented endgame players. In his day, I believe only Capablanca would of guide the game to such endgame mastery, as a teenager.
Dec-27-11  master of defence: <Chessical:<40...h6!> 41.h4 gxh4 42.gxh4 h5 43.Ke3 Ke5 44.c5 bxc5 45.bxc5 Kd5 46.Kf4 Kxc5 47.Kxf5 Kd4 48.Kg5 Kc4 49.Kxh5 Kb3 50.Kg6 Kxa3 51.h5 Kb2 52.h6 a3 53.h7 a2 54.h8Q+ Kb1 55.Qb8+ Kc1 => In your line, why black plays 47...Kd4 when she can plays 47...Kc4, winning? See my analysis: 47... Kc4 48. Kg5 Kb3 49. Kxh5 Kxa3 50. Kg6 Kb4 51. h5 a3 52. h6 a2 53. h7 a1=Q 54. Kf7 Qh8 wins for black.
Dec-28-11
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  heuristic: <master of defence> 47...Kd4 is required to force WHT to the h pawn, otherwise WHT traps BLK against the a column.

if 47...Kc4, then 48.Ke4 Kb3 49.Kd3 Kxa3 50.Kc3 =

<chessical,poohavez>, thanks. this was very instructive for me.
40...h6 is a "!"
40...h5 is a "?"

Dec-31-11  master of defence: Thanks <heuristic>, i continued your analysis and actually is a draw. See: 50... Ka2 51. Kc2 a3 52. Kc1 Kb3 53. Kb1 Kc3 54. Ka2 Kd3 55. Kxa3 Ke3 56. Kb3 Kf3 57. Kc3 Kg3 58. Kd3 Kxh4 59. Ke2 Kg3 60. Kf1 Kh2 61. Kf2 draw. This game says why usually the king and a or h pawn vs king is a draw.
Sep-20-19  GrahamClayton: <acirce>
Thanks <Chessical> for all your instructive and interesting endgame lessons.

15 years on I'll second that comment.

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