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Kurt Richter vs Karel Opocensky
Podebrady (1936), Podebrady CSR, rd 3, Jul-07
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-27-14  Garech: Opocensky must have missed an endgame win here, it looks completely won.


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  perfidious: <Garech> Seems that way to me as well.

Opocensky's exchange sacrifice was a good way to liven the play and offered better chances than snatching the weakling at g2. The resultant position, with the monster bishops on an open board, can only offer Black possibilities, even when the enemy steed entrenches itself at d5, the only slight chance White should have of surviving the ending.

Mar-29-16  QueensideCastler: Glenn Flear wrote:
«The defender probably has more chances of successfully defending with the pair of bish- ops than "with other minor piece combinations. This seems to hold true even when the board isn’t opened up for bishops. Indeed, there is a certain school of thought that claims that ’a pair of bishops equals a rook and knight in the ending’. I’m not sure that this assertion can be proven, but I decided to look at it from a statistical point of view.

From a sample of 68 high-level games in the NQE of rook and knight vs two bishops (this time with players rated 2550 and above), there were 30 wins for the rook< and knight duo, 20 for the bishop pair, and 18 draws.

The number of wins achieved by the bishops seems quite high, which may reflect the double-edged nature of this imbalance, but the overall percentage is a respectable 57% to 43%. We can interpret this as such: a pair of bishops shouldn't be underestimated, but the rook and knight are still superior»

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  nizmo11: <perfidious> would suppose that a pair of passers on the 6th + Bishop pair should win without any problems, but it seems that to win Black needs to exchange on d5 after which some exactness is required. for example:
40... Bxd5 41. cxd5 Kg4 42. Rf8 g2+ 43. Kg1 Bg3 44. a3 Be5 45. Rg8+ Kf3 46. Rf8+ Bf4 47.Rxf4+ Kxf4 48. d6 Kg3)
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  nizmo11: This is game 179 in the McGowan book and comments there for the last moves (source tournament book:)
- after 49. b4 missing an opportunity: 49...cxb4 50.axb4 a5!
[but again calculation was needed]
- 53...Kxa3 wins, the text move allows a draw.

Tablebases tell that the position after 52.Nxg3 is indeed a draw but White's 53.Kxh2 was a losing mistake, the only move to draw was 53. Ne4
Therefore punctuation for the end:
53. Kxh2? [53. Ne4! = ]
53... c4? [Kxa3 -+]
54. Kg2 =

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