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Jan Timman vs Alexander Ipatov
Tata Steel Group B (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-20
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Got 35. f4+ Kxf4 36. c6 easy enough for today's Thursday puzzle solution.

However, after winning the Black Bishop upon promotion of the c-pawn, I wasn't at all clear as to how to win this ending.

One trap to avoid in this ending is getting a lone passed pawn on the edge (e.g. the h-file).

For example if White plays 48. Ke4?, instead of <48. Ke5! >, Black can force a draw after 48...h3! (diagram below)

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49. gxh3 (forced as others lose) 49...g3 50. hxg3 fxg3 51. Kf3 g2 52. Kxg2 = (diagram below).

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In this position it's a draw since the White-squared Bishop cannot force Black's King out of the dark squared h8 corner.

As long as Black's King retreats to the safety of h8, a stalemate will be the result of any White attempt to force the promotion of the h-pawn.

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  OhioChessFan: 39...f5 blocking the diagonal with a protected Pawn, freeing up the King, has got to be better for Black.

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  OhioChessFan: Played with it some and I think it doesn't matter much. White just plays Ba6/b5/e8 and the g Pawn has to advance anyway.
May-07-15  mistreaver: Thursday. White to play. Medium. 35.?
I think i remember this one
35 f4! Kxf4
36 c6
37 c7
38 c8Q
and white has a technical win, although by no means easy.
May-07-15  wooden nickel: <whiteshark: Timman analyses this endgame:> Thanks for the link (! White still could mess up, after Black trading down pawns, leaving White a "wrong" bishop and rook pawn!

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after 48... h3 49. gxh3.

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  morfishine: <35.f4+> and Black has to accept 35...Kxf4 allowing the pawn to Queen and win a piece after 36.c6

But to actually win from here despite being up a piece? Very difficult to visualize

PM: & after trying Crafty a couple of times, its as hard as it looks!


May-07-15  gofer: Black threatens d4 which looks to be a draw. White can force black to rethink that plan. But still has to be very careful converting the slender lead to a win...

<35 f4+ ...>

35 ... Kd4/Ke4/Kf5/Kxf4
36 c6 any move
37 c7 any move
38 c8=Q Bxc8
39 Bxc8

35 ... Kf5
36 Kd3 Ke7
37 Kd4 Kd7
38 Bb7


Yep. Even with the bishop advantage, OTB, this would be easy to muck up...

May-07-15  TheaN: Thursday 7 May 2015 <35.?>

Of course white promotes and wins the bishop for two pawns with <35.f4+ Kxf4> alternatives aren't better <36.c6> with <37.c7>, <38.c8=Q Bxc8 39.Bxc8>. However, the endgame itself is not a trivial win, but I'd say that's out of the scope of a promotion puzzle.

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  Richard Taylor: White can win the ending but OTB if Black plays well you would be forgiven for even losing the game as W, or at least drawing. But my 'engine', with careful play, seems to find a win.

I see <gofer> agrees it would be easy to muck up OTB.

Well, if you at least spotted the pawn check (35. f4+ you would have a good chance of winning.) [Pats himself on his back.]

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  Penguincw: Alright, I guessed 35.f4+ Kxf4 36.c6 (any) 37.c7 (any) 38.c8=Q Bxc8 39.Bxc8.
May-07-15  SuperPatzer77: <<patzer2>: 48. Ke5! is the only move for a win>

It's correct because White has to get the a8-h1 diagonal clear for his bishop. Don't block the bishop path with 48. Ke4??.

48. Ke5! h3, 49. g3! fxg3, 50. hxg3 h2, 51. Bb7 (stopping the black h-pawn)

A valuable chess lesson for all of us!!


May-07-15  Bycotron: Winning the endgame after 39.Bxc8 is INSANELY difficult!

Playing black, I would feel very confident that I had a draw even against the strongest opposition I've faced (~2000 players). My strategy is simply to get rid of white's g-pawn by any means necessary (eg by pushing h5-h4-h3 and following up with f5-f4 if white plays g3). If white has only high LSB and h-pawn, black will draw even if all of his pawns fall.

I look forward to reading the comments and analyzing this ending.

May-07-15  schweigzwang: <thegoodanarchist: Well, I got it. How? Thought process>

D'oh! I should try that method some time. Good call.

May-07-15  BOSTER: Everybody can find f4+, but not too many can win such ending. <M. Hassan : 49.Bd3 and looks like White can win this. > This is a mistake.
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  kevin86: white lures the king away and wins bishop for two pawns...and the game.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <superpatzer77> <48. Ke5! is the only move for a win>

<It's correct because White has to get the a8-h1 diagonal clear for his bishop. Don't block the bishop path with 48. Ke4??.>

Can't we globalize this statement to include the king moving to any dark square on move 48?

Maybe it's true to further say that white wins with any king move that does not block the a8-h1 or a6-f1 diagonals, like 48 Ke6!?

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May-07-15  Clodhopper: Clearly not up to Thursday standards - 'cuz I got it....
May-07-15  Bycotron: This morning I played the white side of this ending after 39.Bxc8 against Fritz about 20 times, earning a bunch of draws and a couple losses for my effort. I was always able to draw when I stayed on clear, logical paths, but got into trouble twice when I strayed off looking for a win.

If I were given my choice of black or white on the 39th move, I would only take white if I were playing at least an IM. This would assure me of a draw if I didn't take chances, but I am certain I would not win.

Against anyone else, even a master, I would take the black pieces! I would be confident in securing the draw in 10~20 moves and hope for a slip by my opponent in the process. :)

May-07-15  BOSTER: Not always the centralisation is the way to win the game.
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  Bubo bubo: The second endgame puzzle this week!

Although I am not convinced of my solution, I propose 35.f4+. This forces the black king to leave the c-pawn's square, and after 35...Kxf4 36.c6 White will eventually win the bishop for another pawn. So far, so good, but with only two white pawns remaining, one of them being an edge pawn with a <dark> promotion square, the win for White is at least non-trivial...

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  Fusilli: <Pulo y Gata: <beatgiant> Okay, it's not as easy as I first thought. 44...h3 is interesting and will give White some opportunities to err. Still, after some analysis, I think. that 45.g3 Kf3 46.Bxf5 Kg2 47.Ke3! should win for White. To continue: 47...Kxh2 48.Kf4 and Black has no useful move left.>

Actually, that's a draw:

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48...Kg1 50.Bxg4 h2 51.Bf3 d4

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Now after either 52.Ke4 or 52.g4, black draws with 52...Kf2!

[Disclosure: computer-checked analysis.]

48.Kf2, however, wins:

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May-08-15  Pulo y Gata: Thanks, Fusili.
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  Fusilli: <P y G> I loved the Borges quote on your profile page. Are you Argentine? Drop me a note on my forum sometime. Cheers.
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