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Sergei Tiviakov vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-14
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-14-06  Devilz: It should have been drawn at around move 40.
Jan-14-06  ughaibu: Someone who objects to long draws, interesting variation in the search for dissatisfaction.
Jan-14-06  euripides: This kind of ending is notoriously treacherous and has often been lost at the GM level: see among others Leko vs Anand, 2003.
Jan-14-06  jamesmaskell: The ending does drag on. Not the best chess you'll see in this tournament, but both players will take a draw happilly, Im sure.
Jan-14-06  Prugno: Once the pawn is on a7 I see no winning chances at all for White. So the last 30 moves or so could have indeed been skipped, but I can understand Tiviakov: it was probably one of the few chances for him in this tournament to stare for such a long time at a (nominally) superior position...
Jan-14-06  morpstau: Yes i agree with the last statement. Lol thats pretty humorous and true.
Jan-14-06  euripides: Tiviakov might win if he could manoeuvre his king to g5 at the right moment with the black king on g7. Adams is careful to prevent this. Tiviakov might have hoped to find a zugzwang that prevents him from doing so at about move 50.

Also, the K+P endings are quite tricky. For instance, after 51 Re8 I think that the natural 51...Rxa7 loses to 52 Re7+ and White should win the K+P ending. But Black holds by 51..Ra6+. Adams had to see ths resource when playing 49...Re4+. 49...Ra2 is also possible when if 50 Kf4 Black can play 50...Rf2+.

So I think there are enough tricks in the position to justify playing on.

Jan-15-06  Aseem: This endgame is similar to Karpov v Kasparov 1984, where both players had equal number of pawns but Karpov had an outside passed pawn on the a file, he played tenaciously and won in 76 moves!!
Jan-15-06  PinkPanther: The general rule is that if the attacker's rook is behind the pawn he has winning chances, here that wasn't the case.
Jan-15-06  euripides: <pink> Jan Timman wroted a good article in NIC a couple of years ago giving four examples where GMs have lost this endgame even with the rooks actively positioned,including the Leko-Anand example I posted above. I think all four of these examples could have been drawn with best play, but it's trickier - even for GMs - than most of the books suggest and very sensitive to the exact pawn structure on the K-side. I am not sure whether any of these examples had the pawn already on the 7th rank, which limits White's options, but even then there are some tricks.

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