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Dusko Pavasovic vs Jonny Hector
"From Dusko 'Til Pawn" (game of the day Feb-15-2008)
EU-chT (Men) (2003), Plovdiv, rd 6, Oct-10
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bishop Check line (C58)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-08  oxxo: oh la la. what an exciting endgame..

but can someone plz explain what was wrong with 24. or 25.Bxa8?

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If the Bishops of opposite colors ending was well-played by both players, then this is one of the best endings I've ever seen. If it isn't, you can probably add 50 points to your rating by analyzing it to pieces. The most important lesson? Squeeze your advantage, no matter how tiny, for everything you can; don't concede the draw until the game is dead and dry.

The first part of the game is quite a showcase for defense, too. Hector's sacrifices don't always work, but he can make you suffer for a long, long, long, time.

Feb-15-08  Manic: <oxxo> Maybe the threat of ...Ng4
Feb-15-08  Alphastar: <oxxo> If 24. Bxa8, then 24. ..Ng4!, with the idea 25. ..Nxh2 is very nasty for white.

In case of 25. Bxa8?! Qxa8 26. bxc3 h4!, the g3-knight has nowhere to go and is lost, leaving black better.

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  WannaBe: Okay, so I'm not that well versed in the chess sense, but I can tell you, this was probably one of the <BEST> Q. Tarantino & G. Clooney movie!!

Very 'R' rated, but it was hilarious!!!

Feb-15-08  banjo: what went wrong for black in this
ending ? i think or even better
i guess it was the answer to whites
67.c4 (the only try , because white
needs the c3 square for his king )
67.- bxc4 is much too ambitious , and
because of white is better there is
no reason for that . so 67. - Bxc4
could hold it maybe , than it would
gain black a little bit of time
when the white king is coming .
but as i said : it's just a feeling .
Feb-15-08  SpiderER: This endgame should be taught in Chess school.
Feb-15-08  Avarus: That endgame just can't be initially lost for black.
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  kevin86: Am I mistaken or is black move 103...♔c6 NOT a terrible blunder? I think black can keep the white king from b7 or b8 and white would be unable to win the bishop for the pawn as after the text.

IMHO,this was a lousy GOTD-and the pawn pun was barely a passing grade-in other words,the pawn was passed but the pun only questionably so.

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  Jimfromprovidence: I think black would have excellent drawing chances with 90... Kxf4, below, instead of Bf7.

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This move allows for the advancement of black's f pawn to the 3rd rank. White now has to deploy his resources to stop the pawn advancement.

The continuation could be 91 Kxc4 Ke4 92 Kc3 f4 93 Kd2 f3 94 Ke1 Bf7 95 Kf2 Bh5

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The position now appears drawn.

Feb-15-08  ounos: The simpler draw was 67. ... Bxc4, but surely it was still drawn after 67. ... bxc4 too. For instance, 89. ... Kc6 90. Kc3 Kb5 can't lose.
Feb-15-08  Magic Castle: After 100. Bc3 the game is already won. Black King cannot hold c5 and c7 because of the checks by white's bishop there. The black pawn at c4 ensures the protection of white's a pawn because it blocks the action of the black bishop. In opposite bishops endings, sometimes it is more desirable to put your pawns in a square with a different color with your bishop although by doing so it is not immune from capture by the opposite bishop.
Feb-15-08  jovack: there are a few things I would have done differently for both players, but overall a nice finish by white
Feb-16-08  LivBlockade: <kevin86: Am I mistaken or is black move 103...♔c6 NOT a terrible blunder?>

I don't think it matters at that point because White will play ♗e5 covering c7 and b8 to prevent the Black King from helping to stop the a-pawn. So after 103...♗e2; 104. ♗e5+ ♔c8; 105. ♔b6 ♗f3; 106. a7 followed by h5.

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