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Viswanathan Anand vs Vadim Markovich Milov
"Milov is Like a Red Red Rose" (game of the day Apr-15-2010)
Corsica Masters International Rapid (2005) (rapid), Corse, rd 12, Nov-05
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  0-1

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Apr-15-10  apexin: ...Kc2 coming, can 51.Bg6+ be of any help?
Apr-15-10  SuperPatzer77: <apexin: ...Kc2 coming, can 51.Bg6+ be of any help?>

No, White is hopeless because of 51. Bg6+ Kc3 (White Rook is still under the Black Queen attack), 52. Bh5 (forced) Qe5+ (winning the White Bishop), 53. Kg1 Qxh5, 54. g4 Qe5, 55. Kf2 Kc2 (forcing White to give up his rook for the Black d-pawn)

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Apr-15-10  Mac3: Hoots mon a game worthy of Robbie Burn's famous poem put to song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXX2...

Apr-15-10  eaglewing: I have the impression the last error was 44. Kg1. Returning with 44. Rf1 should still have been fine after choosing the wrong idea with 43. Rd1. The rook is safe on f1, because e2 is covered by the bishop against the black king and Qd3-a6 can always be answered by Kg1, the standard position for the white king, only leaving to h1 following a check by Qe3-a7.

The bishop can do the anti-'Zugzwang'-moves and both, bishop and rook control square d1, so they can only be exchanged versus queen AND pawn d2. A pure kingside pawn-endgame is drawn.
Versus black king to g3 white needs to be a bit cautious, but switiching between d1 and f3 (protecting the mating square g2 every second move) will do.

After move 42. ... Qxa5 it is already a fortress! 43. Rd1 opened the gate and 44. Kg1 left it open. Or do you see something, so that I'm wrong?

Apr-15-10  Ezzy: <eaglewing: After move 42. ... Qxa5 it is already a fortress! 43. Rd1 opened the gate and 44. Kg1 left it open. Or do you see something, so that I'm wrong?>

Once black marches his king up the board, it's game over.

Apr-15-10
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  kevin86: Don't get it! Black wins this one. How?
Apr-15-10  eaglewing: <Ezzy: Once black marches his king up the board, it's game over.> Really? Please explain!
Apr-15-10  brainzugzwang: <kevin86: Don't get it! Black wins this one. How?>

If you mean from the final position, Black has two threats going: 51...Kc2 threatens to trade the queen for rook and bishop on the d1 square, and the White King is way too far away to stop Black's d-pawn from queening; and then there's 51... Qe5+ followed by 52...Qxh5 and eventually winning the rook as well. White obviously can't play Bg6 to stop wither of those threats because of ...Qxd1.

Apr-15-10  starper277: Holy crap!!! According to this database Vadim Milov beat Viswanathan Anand 4 to 1, with 1 draw.
Apr-15-10  kramputz: <Apr-15-10 Mac3: Hoots mon a game worthy of Robbie Burn's famous poem put to song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXX2...<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXX2...;

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Apr-15-10  kramputz: Kenneth McKellar died 10th April 2010,Lake Tahoe,USA at his daughter's home.He was a great man.

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Apr-15-10  mworld: <kevin>

If 51.Bg6+ then Kc3 52.Rb1 d1=Q 53.Rxd1 Qxd1

If 51. Bg4 then Kc2 exchanging queen for bishop and rook...then promoting d pawn.

Apr-15-10
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  chrisowen: Great Scott 36.Qa8? Ages though Viswanathan makes battle last. Looks like it was chop chop in pain of time. Marry nor the queen off with white's head going for a song. Bob and weave anybody? Land a blow the hardy fun cleric burns a trail symbolising white's practice what you preach. Once a little tenderness 50.Kd3 the remainder is fuss and feathers.
Apr-15-10  randomsac: ...Qe1 is a cute move. It's too bad white couldn't eliminate that pawn quickly enough.
Apr-15-10  hstevens129: How fast is rapid?
Apr-15-10  Andrew Chapman: It's approx 30 minutes each - or rather 25 mins plus increments, 5 or 10 seconds maybe?
Apr-15-10  Chess Network: What a fantastic game. Begins bland...finishes great. I like b4 b6 c4 bxc b5.
Apr-17-10
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Jerry> I see you are posting on a lot of the games pages- great to see you here
Apr-17-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: <eaglewing: I have the impression the last error was 44. Kg1. Returning with 44. Rf1 should still have been fine after choosing the wrong idea with 43. Rd1. The rook is safe on f1, because e2 is covered by the bishop against the black king and Qd3-a6 can always be answered by Kg1, the standard position for the white king, only leaving to h1 following a check by Qe3-a7. The bishop can do the anti-'Zugzwang'-moves and both, bishop and rook control square d1, so they can only be exchanged versus queen AND pawn d2. A pure kingside pawn-endgame is drawn. Versus black king to g3 white needs to be a bit cautious, but switiching between d1 and f3 (protecting the mating square g2 every second move) will do. After move 42. ... Qxa5 it is already a fortress! 43. Rd1 opened the gate and 44. Kg1 left it open. Or do you see something, so that I'm wrong?>

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<eaglewing: <Ezzy: Once black marches his king up the board, it's game over.> Really? Please explain!>

The position after your suggested <44. Rf1> would have been difficult for Black to win, but here is one plausible line that does yield a 0-1 result:

44.Rf1 Qe1 45.Rg1 Kf6 46.Bd1 Ke5 47.g3 Ke4 48.Kh2 Ke3 49.Kg2 Qf2+ 50.Kh1 f5 51.Bh5 f4 52.gxf4 Qh4 53.Bg4 h5 54.Be6 Qe1 55.Bb3 Kf2+.

Apr-17-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: In the line given in my immediately preceding post, White can probably improve with 45. Kg1, after which the fortress seemingly can be maintained.

The comment by <eaglewing> (re: <44. Rf1> as the correct defense) appears to be valid. This idea seems to have been missed by Milov himself, who apparently believed White was lost after 36. Qa8? d2!. (See comment posted above by <Chnebelgrind>.)

Apr-30-10  eaglewing: One more remark about the 44. Rf1 fortress: My advise to switch the bishop between d1 and f3 is mostly sound. But with Qe1 and the king moving to c1 and c2 you need to be careful to reach the draw.

The threat is not breaking into the fortress, it is a winning pawn endgame. With White Kg1, Rf1, g2, h3 and a just moved Bf3, while Black has advanced h4 and f7/f6/f5 with Qe1 and Kc2: 1. Bf3 Qe3+ 2. Kh1 (Kh2) Qxf3 3. gf d1Q 4. Rxd1 Kd1 and the endgame is won due to the shift of the pawn g2 to f3. White needs to hold the pawn on g2 and may not allow the queen taking Bf3 while the king is on c2. The defense is always possible (with king just moved to c2) due to moving to preferably g4. In one case it has to be h5.

Versus Kc1 play Be2, versus Kc2 play Bg4 (if followed by f6, you need Bf5+). Only if the pawn has already advanced to f5 play Bh5. Then f4 can be answered with Bg6+ (or just Bg4). The trap is playing lazily Bh5 while Kc2 and Qe1 is true with f6/f7. This is answered by f5! Then it is Zugzwang, the bishop cannot leave d1-h5, obviously, and has no square on it, Bd1/e2 QxB, Bg4 fg, and Bf3 Qe3+.

Apr-30-10  eaglewing: Last remark (hopefully): Versus Qe1 and advanced pawns h4 + f4, especially with Kd3/d4/c4 (and probably more squares in the a1 corner) the bishop shall never move to f3, otherwise the Qe3+/QxBf3 maneuvre plus king to c2 (Kd3: Rxf3 Ke2) and d1Q reaches a won pawn endgame, because the white king is too far away at h1/h2.
May-05-10
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Anand> could have resigned earlier than this- I wonder why he was feeling so stubborn here.
Oct-24-10  eaglewing: In contrast to the last contributions:
White is lost even with 44. Rf1. Black can force the 'Zugzwang'-position I mentioned. Rf1 is just the strongest defense and without the correct plan, Black could make easily the error leading to a draw.
Dec-30-10  eaglewing: This is a rich endgame and a seemingly neverending story.

Due to an overlooked White resource I do claim now the 'Zugzwang'-position cannot be forced with the most powerful setup for Black (King on c2/Queen on e1/Pawns on h4+f5). Instead the black king's counterpart in this opposition alike dance of corresponding squares, the white bishop, brings Black with a move to h5 into the 'Zugzwang' to leave the most powerful setup, which would win, if White needed to make the move Bf3.

The overlooked resource is a drawn queen versus rook endgame and that the bishop due to it can sometimes and even might have to be placed on f3, if the black king is not on c2. With King on b2: Qe3+ Kh2!! QxBf3 Rxf3 d1Q (without check! Kh1 loses therefore) Rxf5 and this is a draw. Or Qe3+ Kh2!! Qf4+ Kg1 QxBf3 gxf3 Kb2/c3/d3-c2 (the most powerful setup was not available) Kf2 and the white king is near enough for the draw.

Conclusion: It is a draw with 44. Rf1!

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