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Ding Liren vs Maxim Matlakov
Russia - China (2012), St Petersburg RUS, rd 4, Jul-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack (D37)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Black is better in the final position so perhaps this was a loss on time...
Jul-06-12  DanielBryant: It looks like the most likely line would be 57...Kxc5 58.Kxg5 e5 59.Kg4 Kd4 60.Kf3 and then after an eventual ...e4 Bxe4 Rxa6, the resulting endgame should be a draw, right?
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  HeMateMe: After the Rook and g pawn disappear, with captures, white can position his King on the left side of the board, and block black from advancing his remaining pawn.

Black can never go to the right side, because white always wins by heading for the caged Rook on a7. It give white an artificial "opposition" for the remainder of the game.

Jul-06-12  Jamboree: HeMateMe: Could you give some specific lines to support your thesis? Because I can't see how white wins over the board. Must have been a win on time.

We start with the forced 57...Kxc5 58.Kxg5 e5. Then what?

If 59. Kf5 Kd4! and it is black who has the opposition. 60 Bf8 is met by 60. ... e4! 61. Kxf4 e3 and white is struggling to stop the passed pawn, and must at a minimum give up both pawns for an eventual draw at best. If 60. Kg4 Ke3 and black will force a trade of the g pawn or be allowed to promote, or get the rook out of the cage, once again drawing at worst.

If 59 Kg4 Kd4 60. Kf3 e4+! Kxf4 e3 and white must move the bishop to stop the pawn, letting the rook out of the cage and giving white at least a draw.

If something tricky like 59. Kf6 e4!. If 60. Bxe4 then Rxa6 for again at least a draw, and if 60. Ke5 then f3! actually wins for black.

I just pray that Matlakov didn't resign in this drawing/better position.

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  Garech: It's 100% drawn. Perhaps Matlakov assessed the position wrong - or maybe he did, in fact, lose on time. Good game anyway.


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