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Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Viswanathan Anand
World Blitz Championship (2014) (blitz), Dubai UAE, rd 1, Jun-19
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  1-0



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  g15713: E. 1.0
Black to move after 41. Rxc6+

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A rare and unusual ending - R + R + B versus R + R with no pawns on the board.

41...Kf5 42. Rf4+ Ke5 43. Rc5+

E. 1.1

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43...Ke6? was played while 43...Rd5! and now 44.Rxd5+ Kxd5 =
or 44.Rc2 Rdxd2+ 45.Rxd2 Rxd2+ 46.Kxd2 Kxf4 =

Syzygy '

Game continued after 43...Ke6:

44. Re4+ Kf6 45. Rc2 Kf5 46. Re1 Rd5 47. Kc1 Rf2 48. Rb2 Rc5+

E. 1.2

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49. Rc2? was played which allowed 49...Rxc2+ 50. Kxc2 =

Instead 49. Kb1 or Kd1 wins as keeping the extra rook pair adds attacking chances

Syzygy '

Game continued after 49. Rc2 Rxc2+ 50. Kxc2:

50...Rg2 51. Kd3 Rg3+ 52. Be3 Ke6 53. Ke4 Rg4+ 54. Bf4 Rh4 55. Ra1 Rh5 56. Ra6+ Kd7 57. Be5 Rh1 58. Kd5 Rd1+ 59. Bd4 Kd8 60. Ra7

E. 1.3

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Known as <'Cochrane Defence'>

Syzygy '

See a similar end game: 'Carlsen vs Svidler, 2010

John Nunn devoted a whole chapter on Rook and Bishop v Rook in his book <Secrets of Pawnless Endings> - see below reference

60...Rd2 61. Ke5 Rd1 62. Bc5 Kc8 63. Bd6 Rc1
64. Ke6 Rc2 65. Kd5 Kd8 66. Bc5 Re2 67. Kc6 Ke8 68. Bd6 Re1 69. Kd5 Kd8 70. Rf7 Re2 71. Kc6 Re1 72. Bc5 Re6+ 73. Bd6 Re1 74. Rh7 Re2 75. Rh8+ Re8 76. Rh2 Re1 77. Rf2 Re6 78. Ra2 Ke8 79. Rf2 Kd8 80. Rf7 Re1 81. Kd5 Ke8 82. Ra7 Kd8 83. Rb7 Ke8 84. Be5 Kd8 85. Ke6 Rc1 86. Rb6 Rc2 87. Bd4 Kc7 88. Rb5 Kc6 89. Rb3 Re2+ 90. Be3 Rc2 91. Rb8

E. 1.4

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91...Kc7?? Blunder 92. Bf4+ 1-0

Syzygy '

What a pity for Black, however let us remember the nature of this event:

2014 FIDE World <Blitz> Championship:

'World Blitz Championship (2014)


'Game Collection: 47k_RB:R (no pawns) by chess User: whiteshark

Nunn, John <Secrets of Pawnless Endings> (1994, 2002), Chapter 7 - pages 173 thru 234, Gambit Publications. ISBN 1-901983-65-X.

centre and defence are chiefly British spelling variants of center and defense respectively

On Emil Vlasak's website:

Article: A big report about 7 men
March 12, 2006

2 Rooks + minor piece vs. 2 Rooks
<"krrnkrr has a winning line of 290 moves. I still think it is a general draw. krrbkrr has a winning line with 138 moves, and I'm now inclined to consider it a general win.">

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  g15713: Reference for <Cochrane Defense>:


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