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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Jan Smeets
NH Chess Tournament (2007), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, Aug-24
English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General (A11)  ·  0-1

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Aug-24-07  gandu: Black missed 52...Rxf4 and White must drop the queen !
Aug-24-07  ounos: I don't see it. Are you sure?
Aug-24-07  jon01: 52. ...Rxf4?? 53. Qxf4
Aug-24-07  cannibal: 52. ...Rxf4+ 53.Kxf4 (Qxf4 f5+!) Bh6+, and the queen is gone.

Late in the game, Ljubo missed a tablebase draw with 85.Ke5?, instead of 85. Kc7! (or Kd7), followed by 86.Rb1!, but of course that's not really an intuitive way to draw.

Aug-24-07  aragorn69: On site report: <The dramatic encounter between Ljubomir Ljubojevic and Jan Smeets was the last one to finish after six hours of play and 97(!) moves. The game saw a quiet start with modest manoeuvring, but when White pushed 19.e4, he allowed Black to start thinking about some activity again. Smeets began looking for his chances and when his queen finally invaded the white ranks it was clear that White was in trouble. Smeets might have saved himself a lot of work if he had seen what visiting IM Manuel Bosboom was quick to point out: after 52.Ke4 he could have struck with 52…Rxf4! when 53.Kxf4 Bh6+ should be winning for Black and 53.Qxf4 f5 is mate! Having missed this opportunity Smeets was condemned to a considerable detour that nevertheless brought him a precious second win.>
Aug-24-07  savagerules: <cannibal: Late in the game, Ljubo missed a tablebase draw with 85.Ke5?, instead of 85. Kc7! (or Kd7), followed by 86.Rb1!, but of course that's not really an intuitive way to draw> Check the health of your tablebase. 85 Kc7 or 85 Kd7 loses to 85...Rh7+ followed by Rxb7 and Kxc5 with simple win.
Aug-25-07  cannibal: <savagerules>
Might wanna look at the board once again?
85.Kc7 Rh7+ 86.Kxc6 Rxb7 87.Kxb7 Kxc5, and with only the kings left I highly doubt this is really "a simple win". ;-)
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