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Bogdan Sliwa vs Karl Robatsch
Leipzig ol (Men) fin-B (1960), Leipzig GDR, rd 1, Oct-28
English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  0-1



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  woldsmandriffield: The Leipzig Olympiad was a career peak for Kar Robatsch: he took the gold medal for the best score on Board 1 with +11 = 5 (84%) ahead of Tal (73%) & Fischer (72%)!

This ending helped him on his way to gold.Its a good one to show juniors seeking to improve their game: key theme is which side to move your K or R.

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68 Ra1? .. definitely the WRONG DIRECTION! Instead of passive defense, 68 Rh1 (idea lateral checks from afar) 68..a3 69 Rh4+ Kb5 70 Rh8 (idea vertical checks from afar) & White is holding the draw.

68..Kb5 69 Rh1 Rg4? This is wrong too but it was tough to find the win here: 68..Rc4+! 70 Kb2 Kb4 71 Rh8 a3+ 72 Kb1 Kb3 73 Rh2

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73..Rb4 (!) a good choice (73..Rc3 74 Rb2+! doesn't throw away the win but is an idea you want to avoid) 74 Rh3+ Ka4+! (the RIGHT DIRECTION: 74..Kc4? 75 Ka2 =) 75 Ka2 Rb2+ 76 Ka1 Rd2 77 Rh4+ Rd4 78 Rh3 c4 79 Ka2 Kb4 80 Rh8 Rd2+ 81 Kb1 c3 (78 Rh8 c4 -+) 82 Rb8+ Kc4 83 Rc8+ Kd3 84 Rd8+ Ke2 85 Rc8 Rd1+ 86 Kc2 a2 -+

Let's move to a new Kibitz to follow up on the actual game contination after Robatsch's inaccurate 69..Rg4?

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  woldsmandriffield: We pick the game up in its final stage. After good defence from Sliwa this position was reached:

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87 Ka2? ... Alas, White goes the WRONG WAY. He had to play 87 Kc2 preventing both of Black’s winninig ideas: 87..c3 and the move Robatsch prefers in the game 87..Rd3

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