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Michael Steadman vs Alek Safarian
Queenstown Chess Classic (2012), Queenstown NZL, rd 4, Jan-18
Semi-Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D30)  ·  0-1



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  Benzol: Mike Steadman in the January 2012 edition of the New Zealand Chess Magazine commented that Trevor Tao pointed out something that both Mike and his opponent Alek Safarian missed near the end of this game.

67...Rxb2?? looks winning, however, after 68.Rxb2 c3 69.f6+ Kg8 Mike now went wrong with 70.Rxb5?? Trevor pointed out that 70.f7+ is the right move here. The idea is to either set up a mating net or drag the Black King to the f file so that with Rf2 the White King moving to e3 will give a discovered check enabling White to stop the pawns.

E.g. 70.f7+ Kxf7 71.Rb1 Kg6 72.Ke3 d2 73.Kd3 Kxg5 74.Kxc3

Or 70.f7+ Kf8 71.Rh2 c2 72.g6 c1=Q 73.Rh8+ Ke7 74.f8=Q+

Or 70.f7+ Kf8 71.Rh2 Kxf7 72.Rh7+ Kg6 73.Rc7 c2 74.Ke3 Kxg5 75.Kxd3

As Mike also commented "-oh those endgames:-)".

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> I worked that combination out as it was kind of presented as a problem!

There is also a variant my son actually found involving Rf1! And that idea the basis of problem in a book by O'Kelly de Gallway (Assess Your Chess Fast) which has positional themes then a whole lot of problems...Bruce Watson said he knew how to solve that ending as he had gone right through all the problem as his training for the NZ Champs (I had the book at the Club one night and he saw me with it)...but we couldn't locate (that particular problem) in my book...

But I was easily better against Steadman in recent tourney at our club but then I went wrong but at one point I offered a Q swap which he after that I then had chance to draw or even win...I had offered the Q swap because I knew Mike dislikes endings! If he DID swap he was easily winning...but as it was although I got chances (when he backed away with his Q) I was in time trouble and I blew it ...

But that is quite nice combo here.

That Tao had really good chance to take out the tournament as he was actually better against the GM in the last game but it was a draw. He is not titled yet (or he wasn't then).

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  Richard Taylor: The other lines is in one lien you give:

68. Rxb2 c3

69. f6+ Kg8 70. f7+ Kxf7 71. Rb1 and if then c2 72. Rf1! wins

(as e.g.

72. Rh1?? d2 73. Rh7+ Kg6 74. Rd7 d1=Q+

So what Steadman missed is like a study!

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