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Abraham Kupchik vs David Janowski
9th American Chess Congress (1923), Lake Hopatcong, NJ USA, rd 8, Aug-14
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  1-0



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Mar-25-12  number 23 NBer: Fantastic technique from Kupchik here. If only I could play endings so well...
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  scutigera: Janowski 'detested' endings and was in decline when this game was played (he was 55 and died four years later of TB), but still made a gallant effort; only against first-rate opposition is first-rate technique visible.
Mar-25-12  solskytz: I'm also not a great expert on the endgame, but I still got a feeling that Black could reach a drawn ending by playing 81... Rxf6, as the resulting ending after 82. Rh8+ Bh7 83. Rxh7+ Kg6 is (to the best of my knowledge) a theoretical draw, provided that black avoids certain well known losing setups (I think there are three of them - to avoid as the defending party).

If I had to play that ending I had a good chance to lose, as I don't remember the positions or the technique... but I do know that they exist. Would anybody care to elaborate more?

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  Penguincw: Long ending, but I don't see many other ways to make it shorter.
Mar-25-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<solskytz>

the general drawing ideas are:

1) the weaker side must not let his king be driven to the back rank 2) at some stage, the weaker side must put his rook in the corner allowing lateral and vertical checks.

I couldn't find a position similar to the one which arises after your suggestion in Smyslov and Levenfish's classic book on rook endgames or the Encyclopedia of Chess Endings (rooks). There are certain positions where the stronger side does win but discerning the differences in the ECE (often miniscule) is rather hard.

I guess it should be drawn, though. e.g. the classic
Gligoric vs Smyslov, 1947

<tpstar> has a good post dated Feb-29-08

Mar-25-12  solskytz: Thanks for the helpful reference!

Indeed, Smyslov's rook visits a1 quite often, as you indicate. He takes excellent care as to avoiding the back rank with his king - and moreover, it looks like he had to be quite precise there, near the end, where white has a pawn on f6 and the black king is confined to the h file... it looks like it hung on a hair there.

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