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Salomon Flohr vs Gerard Welling
"King Salomon's Mine" (game of the day Dec-03-2018)
Simul (1980) (exhibition), Tilburg NED, Sep-19
Polish Defense: General (A40)  ·  0-1



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Jun-23-09  vonKrolock: <31.♔g2> Maybe the King should remain in the center, in order to reach eventually 'd1' if black arrived to double Rooks in the column 'c'. Black could then obtain an advantage in space, combining a King march with some attempt of a rupture, say advacing his central Pawns or even the 'h' one - well, hard to say if this could be decisive... Flohr was really hard to beat!
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  Domdaniel: Strange that we should arrive at this game in the same week. I just wanted to see Flohr's final games ...

This, in some ways, is like the notorious Karpov-Miles St George. Funny how 1.e4 a6 2.d4 b5 is provocative, while 1.d4 b5 2.e4 a6, transposing, is almost respectable.

I think the younger Flohr would have held the ending. He made a couple of hasty decisions here, finally allowing black to win too many pawns without counterplay.

Jan-09-18  Petrosianic: <I think the younger Flohr would have held the ending.>

Possibly, but remember this was a simultaneous exhibition, and his attention was divided.

Dec-03-18  offramp: <Domdaniel:...This, in some ways, is like the notorious Karpov-Miles St George. Funny how 1.e4 a6 2.d4 b5 is provocative, while 1.d4 b5 2.e4 a6, transposing, is almost respectable.>

I said a similar thing about Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (kibitz #29).

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  al wazir: I think white would have been better off with 13. Be3: 13...Bxe3 14. Nd6+ Ke7 15. Nxb7 Bb6 16. a5.
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  ajk68: The wheels really came off the bus with 33. f5?

This move creates a passed pawn and surrenders the center. Considering the c-pawn sentry is weak, it opens up the possibility for black of creating a pair of central passed pawns (which is what happened).

35. Kg2? plays right into this strategy for black. This may not be immediately obvious. The reasoning is that it allows black to double his rooks and capture the pawn with a pin on the d-file rook. This inhibits the rook from capturing the d-pawn as counter-play.

What was Flohr thinking? He was probably concerned that black would get a passed pawn via playing e5, supported by f6. It's probably not as bad as what he stepped into. The upside of exchanging pawns at e5 is that it gives a bit more scope and activity to his rooks. He really should have been looking for the draw by move 33. Generally, the fewer the pawns, the better off the defender is.

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White to move
1) -1.25 (40 ply) 33.R4d3 e5 34.Kg2 Ke6 35.Kf1 Rg8 36.Kf2 e4 37.Rd4 h4 38.Kg2 Rg7 39.Kh3 f5 40.Kg2 Rg4 41.Kf2 Rg6 42.Kg2 hxg3 43.hxg3 Rg7 44.Kf2 Rg4 45.Re2 Rg8 46.Red2 Kd6 47.Kg2 Rgc8 48.c4 bxc3 49.bxc3 Ke6 50.Rd1 Rb8 51.R4d2 Rb3 52.c4 dxc4 53.Rd6+ Ke7 54.Kf2 Rf3+ 55.Kg2

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Black to move

1) -3.44 (41 ply) 33...e5 34.Re2 Kd6 35.Rdd2 Rg8 36.Kg2 Rg5 37.Kf1 Rxf5+ 38.Ke1 Rc8 39.Re3 Rc4 40.Ree2 Ke6 41.Rf2 Rxf2 42.Rxf2 Rc8 43.Kd1 d4 44.Re2 f5 45.Rd2 h4 46.Ke1 hxg3 47.hxg3 Rg8 48.Kf2 Rb8 49.Ke1 b3 50.Rh2 bxc2 51.Rxc2 Rb4 52.Rc5 Rxa4 53.Rb5 Rb4 54.Rxb4 axb4 55.Ke2 Kd5 56.Kd2 Kc4 57.Kc2

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  Breunor: I'm getting from Stockfish that white really started to go downhill from move 32, Kh3. Stockfish evaluates this to -1.02. Instead, 32 Rd6 is about -.5. I guess the idea is the good old blockade, stop black from playing d5.

But as ajk68 says, 33 f5 was the real losing move

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