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Arthur Ssegwanyi vs Anish Giri
World Cup (2015), Baku AZE, rd 1, Sep-11
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B54)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-11-15  CountryGirl: First prize for guts, Arthur. Well done.
Sep-11-15  jhelix70: Uh-oh, marriage might be affecting him... Giri forgot to play 4. ... Nf6 !
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  thegoodanarchist: Was it Efim Bogoljubov who said that all rook endings are drawn?
Sep-11-15  apexin: jeez louise, this is a longest game ive seen for a while
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  alexmagnus: Giri's longest game ever so far, previous record being "only" 156 moves
Sep-12-15  mandetomo: That's my home boy Arthur!
Show them what you got, well done.
Sep-12-15  1971: I love these psycho 150 move presses.
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  Honza Cervenka: This game was one hundred moves longer than it was necessary. Of course, every player has right to play drawish Rook ending with extra Pawn as long as he wishes but it doesn't show much respect towards his opponent.
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  perfidious: As Timman wryly wrote in his annotations regarding a hypothetical variation from Timman vs Karpov, 1986:

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<It goes without saying that the rook ending after 66.Rc8 also ends in a draw, but some top players have the unhealthy habit of prolonging this endgame for a little while.>

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <Honza Cervenka> has a point, but in my playing days, the player with the extra pawn always won. During one 4 vs. 3 ending with all 7 pawns on the King side, my opponent whispered to me, "Come on, this is a dead draw." I whispered back, "This is a theoretical draw, not a dead draw." "What's the difference?" "In a theoretical draw, the weaker player loses." I won the game, the tournament, and 250 pounds, a very large sum in those days.

If I had the fewer pawns, I always expected my opponents to play unto the bitter end. Never felt disrespected; always understood that my opponents did what they had to do. So I don't blame Giri for playing on.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: And who knows, maybe white could have blundered by playing 75 Kf5???
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  Honza Cervenka: <An Englishman> At our level of enthusiastic club woodpushers it is definitely worth to try to play R+4P vs R+3P ending, and even at top level any player can make a blunder in quite simple Rook ending in practical game (just remember Geller's 71.Ke5?? in Geller vs Fischer, 1970) but here after 53.Kxd4 practical chance to win even against 1980 patzer like me in a game with 30 secs increments per move would be very, very low. And once white King reached his Pawn in R+2P vs R+P the chance would be practically zero. That black guy from Uganda is International Master with solid 2350+ rating and so in his case the chance was just hypothetical from the start. Being on Giri's place I would spare myself of this and not later than in move 95 I would congratulate my opponent for his good defense and offer draw.

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