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Krishnan Sasikiran vs Alexander Morozevich
37th Biel International Chess Festival (2004), Biel SUI, rd 3, Jul-21
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-31-04  ajit: Can someone plz analyze after 41..Kg7. Doesn't white hold a significant advantage? Is the end game really drawn?
Jul-31-04
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  An Englishman: Dear ajit: Good question! Black has set up what is sometimes called a fortress: the c-pawn guards the Bishop, the Bishop guards the Rook, the White King can't participate in any attack. Remove one of White's King side pawns and it's an easy draw.

But that extra pawn gives White an edge. Not a big one--Black probably holds with best play. White could choose to let Black twist in the wind (and let's face it, that opportunity rarely arises vs. Morozevich), but you also need to consider tournament tactics. If White was tired from previous games, or worried about preparing for a difficult upcoming opponent, then it makes sense to accept the probable, take the draw, and catch up on sleep and/or study.

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