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Milos Jirovsky vs Robert Kempinski
"Jiro Scope" (game of the day Mar-09-2012)
Bundesliga (2006/07), Germany, rd 14, Mar-31
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Anglo-Grünfeld Variation (A16)  ·  0-1



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Mar-09-12  think: Great Knight vs. Bishop endgame technique! The Knight and pawn on a4 and c4 are perfectly placed to keep the White King out without being attacked by the Bishop. One key move is 41. ... Kg3! because Kg4 allows Bc2 which looks like a draw. Note that the great Knight comes into play again, preventing 44. Be3+.
Mar-09-12  okba12: bf2- not bc2- -yea !!
Mar-09-12  consul: Is 20. Qxd2 the only move for White? The Q can still go to b3...
Mar-09-12  rilkefan: What's the thought behind 23...f5?
Mar-09-12  LoveThatJoker: <rilkefan> Good question! It does look strange breaking up the structure like that but there are two reasons why Black went for 23...f5.

A) To allow the K into the thick of things via f7

B) To set a heck of a trap: 23...f5 25. exf5 gxf5 26. Kf4?! Na5! Now it is observed that 26. Kf4?! is a waste of time and that White's K must retreat, for 27. Kxf5?? Nc4 and Black wins.


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  Once: I just love the combination of the a4 pawn and the knight on c4. They have erected a level 10 forcefield in front of the white king (with the aid of white's own c3 pawn). And if white tries to run round the side with Kb1, c2, d3, then the a4 pawn queens.

That means that white's bishop is left all on his own to try to hold back the h pawn protected by the black king.

Very funny. Unless you happen to be playing black.

Mar-09-12  rilkefan: Thanks, <LTJ>. FWIW stockfish appears to think ...Kg7, ...b6, and the move I sort of expected, ...Ne5+, and the move I looked at after you mentioned ...Kf7, namely ...f6, are all comparable to (if a tiny smidge better than) ...f5 at about -0.2.

39.Kb2, just before the time control I assume, looks like a fatal error. Bd4 might hold.

Mar-09-12  King Death: < consul: Is 20. Qxd2 the only move for White? The Q can still go to b3...>

White had to give back the queen because moves like your suggestion 20.Qb3 lose to 20...N6e5+ when 21.Kf4 runs into 21...Bh6# and 21.Kg2 Ne3+ is too much wood for the queen plus White's position is still terrible.

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  Richard Taylor: Great game!
Mar-09-12  consul: @<King Death> Right, i see it now! Thanks!
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  whiteshark: That's why these outside passed pawns are so strong.
Mar-09-12  reilouco: White played poorly the B vs N endgame. I don't think he could win, but drawing wasn't too hard.
Mar-09-12  LoveThatJoker: <rilkefan> Thanks, man! Thanks for looking up the position with our favoured Stockfish.

23...f6 came to my mind as well, as a decent move, as it does seem more flexible and less commital than 23...f5 - it still allows the K into the game via f7 and preserves the structure.

This being said, 23...f5 is a good move for the purposes of getting the K out on the light squares, setting up a trap and placing a pawn on the frontline engaging in the fight.

On the subject of good moves, good on you for finding 23...Ne5+, by the way. This move has the virtue of still threatening simplification without commiting on the pawn structure.

Finally, as for 39. Kb2 and 39. Bd4, I see that the idea behind 39. Bd4 is if Black plays 39...Nc4 then White has the possibility of placing his B on f6 and his h-pawn on h4.

I still prefer White - as I'm sure you do too - but Black, as you said, just might hold.

Good work!


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Mar-09-12  SuperPatzer77: Black to move - see diagram below:

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<Think> You're absolutely right about Black's strong move - 41...Kg3!

41...h5? may lead to a draw - 42. Bc5! Kg3, 43. Be7 =

Black has a tempo with 41...Kg3! forcing the White h-pawn to retreat to the h6 square so, that's why the White bishop cannot go to the e3 square because the Black Knight takes control of the e3 square.

Black's key move is 41...Kg3! preventing 42. Bf2.

Great game by Robert Kempinski of Poland!!


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  kevin86: The knight and pawn are so set up that the pawn is totally invunerable. Black will win!!
Mar-09-12  Chessmensch: From the final position, one of the solutions Deep Rybka 4 gives (the fourth, not the first) is mate in 79!! Has anyone ever seen anything like that? Deep Fritz 12 gives a mate in "only" 27.
Mar-09-12  David2009: M Jirovsky vs R Kempinski, 2007 White 38?

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Can the ending be drawn starting Bd4 with the intention of drawing the K&P ending, else defending the h Pawn with the Bishop? I don't knowe: Crafty EGT link to find out:

Crafty doesn't let me exchange B for N, perhaps as well since the ending is dangerous for White. Have fun holding the draw!

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  Penguincw: I can understand the pun in a way, but like the game better.
Mar-09-12  efvaatn: Good Game!!!!
Mar-09-12  ephesians: Maybe 39. Bb8?
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  whiteshark: <That's why these outside passed pawns are so strong.> FY, that's why!

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