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Tania Sachdev vs Lisa Schut
Tata Steel Group C (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-25
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0



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Jan-25-12  SimonWebbsTiger: dreadful end for young Lisa.

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51...Bg8 is the classic book draw.

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However the real howler was 56...Be6??

Any square on the a2-g8 diagonal other than f7 and e6....

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  OBIT: It's hard to lose this ending once you have your king in the correct corner. With 56...Be6??, poor Lisa managed to find one of the few losing positions where the winning line actually runs a few moves.
Jan-26-12  Shams: Is the whole drawing idea here to get your King in one of the two corner squares your Bishop does not control?
Jan-26-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<shams>

yup. With a dark squared bishop, one runs to h1 or a8 with the King. If Schut had a dark square bishop, it would be quickly lost as the king would be forced onto the back rank, checked, the bishop interposes and the rook loses a move (zugzwang) before forcing mate. Here 51...Bb8 and pinning the bishop gets nowhere. This stalemate resource saves the side with the bishop.

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  OBIT: Occasionally you hear debates about changing the stalemate rule, making a stalemate worth less than a draw. (There are two possibilities here: the stalemate can be scored as a loss, kind of a "zugzwang checkmate", or the stalemated player can get less than a draw but more than a loss, e.g. a quarter point.) One rationale for the rule change would be to reduce the high percentage of draws with the top players.

The K+R vs K+B ending is an interesting case if this rule is ever adopted. The ending would still be a draw in the general case, but the drawing technique would be quite a bit more complex, as the trick of running to the "correct corner" would no longer work. To draw, the player with the bishop would have to try to stay in the center as long as possible and avoid all the tactical shots available to the rook. Sweating out a draw by the 50 Move Rule would probably on the level of surviving a K+R+B vs K+R endgame.

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  Penguincw: I guess Sachdev is still working to be a GM. She needs a GM norm, and this is one step closer to it.
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  tpstar: R vs B is a draw, except when it isn't. =)

A nice video from Susan Polgar, with a great example at 6:30:

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