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Ivan Sokolov vs Veselin Topalov
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-28
King's Indian Defense: Six Pawns Attack (E77)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-28-05  OneArmedScissor: Excellent fight between these two.
Jan-28-05  acirce: 71.Rc6 appeared to be a missed win (according for example to such prominent analysts as myself and Radjabov) but after 71..b3 72.Kc3 Be2 (as pointed out by Anand and Sokolov afterwards) 73.Rc7+ Kg8 74.axb5 Bxb5 75.Kxb3 Be2 76.h6 (76.Rc5 Kg7-h6 and Bxh5 of course) it is instead a theoretical draw! At least it is without the a-pawn (tablebases) and I don't count on the presence of that one to change anything in White's favour. It doesn't even help if White can keep the pawn on h5 somehow: <when the black king is placed in the safe corner, a pawn on h6 or h5 does not bring a win. A position is winning only when the pawn has not crossed the middle line.> (from Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual) So maybe then it was not a win after all.

I was thinking maybe then 73.Rg5!? (in the game) Kf6 74.h6 Bg6 75.Rxa5 Bh7 76.Rh5 is a way to keep Black's king away from its corner and thereby win. But since Black has the ..Kg6, ..Bg8, ..Kh7 manoeuvre it doesn't seem to work either.

Jan-28-05  notsodeepthought: <acirce> <(according for example to such prominent analysts as myself and Radjabov)> Now, now, let's not exaggerate - since when is Radjabov a prominent analyst?
Jan-28-05  Dionyseus: Nice game. Is this the closest Sokolov has come to winning a game in this tournament?
Jan-28-05  aw1988: <acirce> Modest, aren't you? :)

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