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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Boris Gelfand
European Club Cup (2011), Rogaska Slatina SLO, rd 4, Sep-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense (D56)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Fascinating ending, recalling the battle of center pawns versus outside pawns in Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1896

In that game analysis proved the two central pawns were weaker, but Jakovenko has three here.

Impressive technique.

Sep-28-11  superstoned: @ <tamar> I'm still a weak class player, but I'm impressed with the way Gelfand knew at move 14...Nf6 that allowing 15.Rxc6 was not giving up a pawn, because 7 moves later he has 21...Qd5!

Now that I think about all the forcing moves in between I realize its not that difficult and it's exactly the kind of calculation I need to start using in my games...

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  tamar: <superstoned> Believe it or not, the first new move is 37 h3, well past the pawn sacrifice, and almost to the ending.

See Radjabov vs Kramnik, 2011

Both players knew either this game, or the overall theory by heart. It is conceivable that Jakovenko's decision to exchange Queens on move 40 was home preparation!

Sep-29-11  wordfunph: it's downhill after 50...b4

50...Ke5 and black is ok.

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  tamar: <wordfunph: it's downhill after 50...b4 50...Ke5 and black is ok.>

Any variations to back that up?

White just plays 51 Rd8 and how does Black cope with Rd7 and e7 with his King not able to help?

For example, after 50...Ke5 51 Rd8 Kf6 52 e5+ Kxe5 53 Rd7 Rb8 54 e7

or if 51...b4 52 Rd7 Rb8 53 e7 Re8 54 Ke3 b3 55 Kd3 and the King can reach the pawn, with d6 and Rd8 to follow.

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  tamar: 41...Re7! oddly equalizes, with the idea 42 d6 Re8! leaving the e pawn alone.

There is a video on this ending via Chess Mind by Dennis Monokroussos, "A Great Rook Ending"

Oct-02-11  superstoned: Thanks tamar!
Such an incredible amount of opening prep and memorization boggles my mind. Then again I do enjoy daily bong rituals...
Oct-03-11  Sularus: 53. ... Kd8 still losses but it takes longer, I think.

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