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Gilmore Fraser vs Sidley Matthews
President's Invitational (2000), Kingston, Jamaica, rd 6, Sep-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Normal Variation (D45)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: 49.Kf5?? g3! 50.hxg3 f3! (or 50.fxg3 h3!) is very instructive combination.
Jun-24-04  slapwa: Of course Black should have played 44..., Kc7, drawing, but then he wouldn't have won.
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  Honza Cervenka: <slapwa> It is not so easy as there are pawns on the Kingside. As I can see white was clearly winning there, for example 44...Kc7 45.Ka6 Kc6 46.a5 h4 47.f3 f5 48.g3 h3 49.Ka7 Kc7 50.a6 f4 51.g4 Kc8 52.Kb6 or 46...f5 47.h4 gxh4 48.f4 h3 49.gxh3 h4 50.Ka7 Kc7 51.a6 etc.

Of course, correct move instead of 49.Kf5?? was 49.g3 and black could have resigned.

By the way, 49.Kf5 was not the only blunder in this game. For example, both players missed that after 11.Bg5?? as well as 12.Bh4?? black can simply win a piece playing Nxe4. Another one was 27.Kf1?? Not only that I don't understand what was wrong with simple 27.b3, but after 27.Kf1 black could have played 27...Re7 attacking white Knight and threatening Nd2+ with a fork. Also 41...Kc6 is very bad, although the endgame after 41...Kb8 doesn't look pleasantly for black. But 42.Nxa7+ Nxa7 43.Kxa7 is a simple win for white.

Jun-25-04  slapwa: Sorry - yes of course you're right - I hadn't noticed. how easy it was for White to lose a move.
Apr-17-10  wordfunph: Fraser-Matthews

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49.Kf5 was the losing move, 49.g3 simply wins the game..

Jan-24-23  thegoldenband: Interesting, this game doesn't display correctly in the Olga Viewer. I guess some PGN parsing software doesn't like seeing "cd5" instead of "cxd5"?

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