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Anna Zatonskih vs Camilla Baginskaite
US Championship (Women) (2014), St Louis, MO USA, rd 6, May-14
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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  cro777: Mark Crowther: " Seirawan was right to fancy Anna Zatonskih's chances against Baginskaite in the RN vs R ending."

Position after 99.Rxa4+

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A theoretically drawn position has been reached.

99. Kb6 100. Ra3 Kb7 101. Rb3+ Kc8 102. Nd5

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102...Rh1? Loses immediately (102...Rd1 or 102...Kd8 is a draw) 103. Ne7+ Baginskaite resigned.

May-14-14  LivBlockade: True, but White had just missed a forced win in this position:

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position after 97...Ka7

White should have played 98. Ne7! instead of 98. Nc3?? The idea is to put the Knight on c6 and the King on c7, winning very quickly.

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  HeMateMe: isn't this ending a forced win for the side with the Knight, with perfect moves?
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  perfidious: <HMM> This ending is generally drawn, with minimal care by the defence.
May-15-14  Strelets: RN vs. R doesn't have many winning positions for the side with the extra knight. The defending king has to be badly placed in a corner, something that is much harder to force when it still has the rook. Rook against rook and knight is much easier to draw than rook against rook and bishop.
May-15-14  RookFile: Perfidious, here's your rook and knight ending you mentioned the other day. Looks like you would have been justified in playing it out, even if black should hold the draw.
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  perfidious: <RookFile> If I ever play again and have the extra knight, I will.
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  cro777: To draw with a rook against a rook and a knight generally doesn't present much difficulty. At higher level, the draw was usually immediately agreed until Kasparov defeated Judit Polgar in Dos Hermanas 1996.

Position after 78...Rd5

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Here, Judit played 79.Ra1? This was the decisive error. The only move that secures the draw is 79.Rf1+.

Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 1996

Even at the highest level, at the World Championship Match 2000 (Game 4), Kasparov tried to win this endgame against Kramnik.

Position after 61...Kxa7

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Of course, Kramnik managed to draw.

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000

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  SteinitzLives: So many simple looking ways to go right, wrong or in between. Glad they chose the position after black's 97th for a chess problem in the 10/14 Chess Life. It adds focus to an ending that many think they understand, but probably don't. It taught me a bit.

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