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Alexander Ivanov vs Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-27
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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Nov-27-05  KingG: Is this endgame really completely hopeless?
Nov-27-05  euripides: <King> At the GM level I imagine it looks pretty bleak. If Black tries 42...Rf8 White has 43 Rd5+ Ke6 44 Rb5. If Black sits tight with 42...Rc6 White has Rb5+ followed by b3 and c5; then with the right timing White should be able to get a winning K+P ending after Rxc5 Rxc5 bxc5, and bxc5 Rxa5 gives White the outside passed pawn. The best Black could hope for might be an ending with White's rook in front of the passed a pawn, his own rook behind it, and the other Q-side pawns liquidated. Even that ending might be won here because white can win the g6 pawn.

Worth playing on at the club level, though.

Nov-27-05  Jim Bartle: I don't know, but I suspect Granda just didn't feel like defending the position for hours.
Nov-27-05  alicefujimori: I don't think Black could have survive this ending. The problem is White's king is in such a good position that exchanging rooks is definitely not an option for Black. While White could easily continue to play for a rightly-timed c5 thrust like <euripides> explained
Nov-27-05  KingG: <euripides> Ok, thanks for explaining. I'm not totally convinced it wasn't worth playing out though. Even Kasparov goes wrong is relatively simple endgame positions. One factor might have been the FIDE time controls, which give only 30 seconds per move after move 40. Perhaps White was way ahead on time, giving him a big advantage.
Nov-27-05  euripides: <King> oh against Kasparov you could practically claim the draw :-)
Nov-27-05  KingG: lol
Nov-28-05  Inf: omg i didnt know granda was playing chess again?!? is he back?!?

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