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Cristobal Henriquez Villagra vs Eugenio Torre
Chess Olympiad (2014), Tromso NOR, rd 5, Aug-06
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Aug-06-14  bubuli55: AFGM is just reaching his prime. So stamina is not an issue here. Both players wanted a win. And both players had their chances.

The only thing I can say to AFGM ... Charge it to experience. :)

Aug-06-14
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I've never seen a Q vs 2N endgame before. Anyone know if there are there any other such endgames in the database?
Aug-06-14  bubuli55: The longest game so far in Tromso is 117 mover.
Aug-07-14  spawn2: GM Genius has been setting records in this Olympiad: )

22nd Appearance
First win in the Olympiad vs Afghan IM Sarwary who did not show up Longest Game (so far) with the 117 mover vs IM Villagra

Aug-07-14
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  wordfunph: who says that chess is for the young ones?

62-year-old GM Torre played with gusto for 113 moves, simply amazing for the record-holder of most olympiad appearances.

Aug-07-14  geniokov: This is AFGM´s specialty! Walang kupas pa din si GM Torre!
Aug-07-14  spawn2: 113 lang pala..namalikmata ako:)
Aug-10-14  mrandersson: Time to test out those syzygy tbs. Nice game from the history maker.
Jul-31-16  Virgil A: < Jul-31-16 wordfunph: this is chess, fight till the end. >

There's more fight on this one :)

Sep-05-16
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  FSR: <Gregor Samsa Mendel> There is now. V Mikhalevski vs V Onischuk, 2016 is a game where the side with the knights mis-defended the ending, placing the knights protecting each other, and duly lost.
Sep-05-16
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <FSR> I have no memory of making that post a couple of years ago. Knowing how to play Q vs 2N endgames will be of some use to me if I ever take up competitive chess again, which I just might if I'm still healthy when I retire in about eight years or so.
Sep-05-16
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  FSR: <GSM> That ending is very rare - only two examples in CG.com's database. As I mentioned over at the other game, I have an ending now with 2 Ns and 2 Ps v. Q, which will doubtless be a draw.
Sep-07-16  dehanne: According to Nunn's book Secret of Pawnless Endings

<The best defensive arrangement is to have the two knights on laterally adjacent squares, with the king actively posted between them and the enemy king. This virtually guarantees a draw against any arrangement of pieces.>

Though even if the player with two knights makes a mistake, it can take very long for the side with the queen to win (sometimes over 40 moves).

Sep-07-16  Howard: Evans once said in CL&R that having the two knights positioned so that they're mutually protecting each other is probably not a good idea, though it may seem logical at first glance.
Sep-07-16  Virgil A: GM Onischuk could have salvaged a draw.
Jun-19-18  GrahamClayton: In "Batsford Chess Endings", John Nunn gives a rare example of where the two knights can draw:


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The White King is unable to escape from the corner of the board, and without its assistance, the White Queen is unable to put the Black King into zugzwang.

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