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Napoleon Marache vs Benjamin Raphael
1st American Chess Congress (1857), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Oct-22
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. General (B44)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Raphael could have held the Rook ending with <54... Rb8> for example:

<55.Rc7> Rb6+ 56.g6 Rb8 57.Rg7+ Kh8 58.Rf7 Rd8 59.g7+ Kg8 60.Re7 Rd6+ 61.Kg5 <Rg6+!>

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  torrete64: Raphael could have drawn as early as the 53rd move by using the Philidor position by maintaining his rook on the 6th rank and not letting the white king move to the 6th rank. Black should only move his rook at the 1st rank to give checks when white commits to move the pawn on the 6th rank. For example, 53...Rc6 54. g6 (only logical move to try for a win.) Rc1 (with the intention to give endless checks to the white king) 55. Kh6 Rh1+ 56.Kg5 Rg1+ etc
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  Eggman: <torrete64> Actually, with a knight pawn the drawing method seen in the Philidor position is unnecessary. Black could simply put his king on g8 or h8 and sit his rook on (his) first rank and White can make no progress. This passive defense would fail against a center pawn or bishop pawn, but against a knight pawn or rook pawn it is perfectly adequate.
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 43. g3 is a draw
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