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Wesley So vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
World Cup (2015), Baku AZE, rd 4, Sep-21
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  0-1



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Jan-12-16  Pulo y Gata: Congratulations, Maxine! This game was voted as the best endgame of the year, thanks to MVL's magnificent conversion!

Thankfully, some fanatics online manipulation for a player to win these polls succumbed to more objective votes.

Jan-12-16  epistle: <In his "Power Play Show" from last week English grandmaster and popular commentator Daniel King presented the results of your vote. The show is now in the archives, but if you are a premium member you can watch it here.

Who is the player of the year 2015?
Magnus Carlsen 286
Vladimir Kramnik 60
Anish Giri 77
Levon Aronian 10
1% Hikaru Nakamura 22
3% Fabiano Caruana 2
0% Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 26
4% Viswanathan Anand 22
3% Veselin Topalov 6
1% Wesley So 6
1% Sergey Karjakin 6
1% Ding Liren 2
0% Pavel Eljanov 14
2% Alexander Grischuk 7
1% Peter Svidler 4
0% Wei Yi 31
5% >

Good that not one of the adoring turnips was a ochessbase premium member. Had they all been, he could have overtaken Wei Yi in the vote.

Jan-24-16  RandomVisitor:

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<-250.00/53 60...Ne8> 61.fxg6 Ng7 62.e5 Kd5 63.Kf4 Kd4 64.e6 Kd5 65.e7 Ke6 66.Ke4 Kxe7 67.Ke5 Ke8 68.Ke4 Kf8 69.Kf4 Ne8 70.Ke4 Kg7 71.Kf5 Nd6+ 72.Ke5 Nc4+ 73.Ke6 Na3 74.Ke7 Nc2 75.Kd7 Nd4 76.Kc8 Ne6 77.Kd7 Nc5+ 78.Kd6 Nd3 79.Kc7 Nf4 80.Kb8 Ng2 81.Kb7 Ne1 82.Kc7 Nd3 83.Kd6 Nf4 84.Kc7 Ne2 85.Kb7 Ng3 86.Kc8 Nf5 87.Kc7 Kf8 88.Kc6 Kg8

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  Penguincw: Hmm, a POTD from a game played just months ago. Wow. I still didn't get it.

Tomorrow's Monday though, right.

But how can it be Monday, if the weekend just started a few minutes ago...

Jan-24-16  Olsonist: Why So no go 61. f6?
Jan-24-16  CJC: I don't get this at all. Doesn't 61. f6 force ... Nd6 62. e5? How does Black then stop the White pawn march? Help! I need some silicon.
Jan-24-16  CJC: Oh, I see ... not 61 ... Nd6, but ... Nc7, and the knight will land on e6 to stop the pawns.
Jan-24-16  patzer2: Got 60...Ne8 easy enough for my Sunday puzzle solution, but did not see 61. f6!? when black must find 61...Nc7! to not only win but also avoid losing.

White's game starts to slide down hill with 22. Bxd5?, allowing 22...Ne5! (-0.86 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Instead, 22. Nc7 = holds as play might continue 22...Ne5 23. Rd1 Bxh3 24. Bxd5 Bf5 25. e4 Bg4 26. f3 Rc5 27. Rxb6 Rxc7 28. fxg4 Kh7 29. Rdb1 Rxc3 30. Rxb7 = (+0.20 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Jan-24-16  diagonalley: i thought black was obliged to play for a draw... :-(
Jan-24-16  Alex56171: Hi pals!
I can't remember a link to a site where you can set up a position (mainly finals) and play against the computer. Can anybody help me? Thank you.
Jan-24-16  RandomVisitor:

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-250.00/39 61.Kd2 Kd4 62.f6 Nd6 63.e5 Kxe5 64.Kd3 Ke6 65.Ke3 Kd5 66.Kf3 Nf7 67.Ke3 Kc5 68.Kd3 Nd6 69.Kc3 Kd5 70.Kb2 Kc4 71.Ka3 Kd4 72.Kb3 Ke5 73.Kc2 Ke4 74.Kb2 Kd3 75.Ka3 Kc4 76.Ka4 Nf7 77.Ka5 Kc5 78.Ka4 Ne5 79.Kb3 Kd4 80.Kb2

-250.00/39 61.f6 Nc7 62.Kf4 Kd4 63.Kf3 Ne6 64.Ke2 Kxe4 65.Kd2 Nd8 66.Kc3 Kd5 67.Kb4 Nc6+ 68.Kc3 Nd4 69.Kb2 Ke6 70.Kc3 Nc6 71.Kc4 Ne5+ 72.Kc5 Nf3 73.Kb4 Nd2 74.Kc3 Ne4+ 75.Kd4 Nd6 76.Kc3 Ke5 77.Kb4 Kd4 78.Kb3 Kc5 79.Kc2 Kc4 80.Kd2 Kd4 81.Ke1 Nf7 82.Kf2

-250.00/39 61.Ke2 Kd4 62.Kf3 gxf5 63.exf5 Ke5 64.f6 Nd6 65.Kf2 Ke6 66.Ke2 Nf5 67.Kf3 Nxh4+ 68.Kf4 Ng6+ 69.Ke4 h4 70.Kf3 Kf5 71.Ke2 Kxg5

-250.00/39 61.Kf2 Kd4 62.Kf3 gxf5 63.exf5 Ke5 64.f6 Nd6 65.Kf2 Ke6 66.Ke2 Nf5 67.Kf3 Nxh4+ 68.Kf4 Ng6+ 69.Ke4 h4 70.Kf3 Kf5 71.Ke2 Kxg5

-250.00/39 61.Kf4 Kd4 62.fxg6 Ng7 63.Kf3 Ke5 64.Ke3 Ne6 65.Kf3 Nd4+ 66.Ke3 Nc6 67.g7 Ne7 68.Kd3 Ke6 69.Kc4 Kf7 70.e5 Kxg7 71.e6 Nf5 72.Kd5 Nxh4 73.Kc6 Nf5 74.Kd7 Kg6 75.Ke8 Kxg5

-250.00/39 61.fxg6 Ng7 62.Kf3 Kd3 63.Kf4 Kd4 64.Kf3 Ke5 65.Ke3 Ne6 66.Kf3 Nd4+ 67.Ke3 Nc6 68.g7 Ne7 69.Kd3 Ke6 70.Kc4 Kf7 71.e5 Kxg7 72.e6 Nf5 73.Kd5 Nxh4 74.Kc6 Nf5 75.Kd7 Kg6 76.Ke8 Kxg5

-250.00/39 61.Kf3 Kd3 62.fxg6 Ng7 63.Kf4 Kd4 64.Kf3 Ke5 65.Ke3 Ne6 66.Kf3 Nd4+ 67.Ke3 Nc6 68.g7 Ne7 69.Kd3 Ke6 70.Kc4 Kf7 71.e5 Kxg7 72.e6 Nf5 73.Kd5 Nxh4 74.Kc6 Nf5 75.Kd7 Kg6 76.Ke8 Kxg5

-M24/39 61.e5 gxf5 62.Kf4 Ng7 63.e6 Kd5 64.e7 Ke6 65.g6 Kf6 66.Ke3 Kxg6 67.Kd4 Kf7 68.e8Q+ Nxe8 69.Kd5 Kf6 70.Kd4 Ng7 71.Kd5 f4 72.Ke4 Ne6 73.Kd3 Ke5 74.Kc4 Ke4 75.Kc3 f3 76.Kd2 Ng7 77.Kd1 Ke3 78.Kc2 f2 79.Kb1 f1Q+ 80.Kc2 Kd4 81.Kb2 Kc4 82.Kc2 Qe2+ 83.Kb1

Jan-24-16  scholes: too recent to be a puzzle, i remembered the move played.
Jan-24-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: I'll confess to not immediately seeing why White resigned. What's Black's path to victory from the end position?
Jan-24-16  Marmot PFL: I saw the game live so it wasn't a real puzzle. I on't understand all the negative remarks just because So lost this game. he was trying to win, missed a tactical shot (which happens to everyone) and MVL played the ending very well.
Jan-24-16  RandomVisitor: <Cheapo by the Dozen><What's Black's path to victory from the end position?>

I would assume, black first picks off the white pawn on g6, then the pawn on h4. Black marches the h5 pawn down and in a <normally drawn> ending, except when the white king is stalemated on h1, he frees up the g-pawn for forced moves, delivering mate with the Ng7-f5-g3.

Jan-24-16  patzer2: <Alex56171> Try to set up positions and play them out against the computer (i.e. Crafty).
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  agb2002: Black has a knight for two pawns.

White threatens 61.fxg6.

The first idea that comes to mind is 60... gxf5 but after 61.g6 Nxe4 (61... fxe4 62.g7 Nf5+ 63.Kxe4 Nxg7 64.Ke5 Kd3 65.Kf6 Ke3 66.Kxg7 Kf4 67.Kf6 Kg4 68.Ke5 Kxh4 69.Kf4 Kh3 70.Kf3 Kh2 71.Kf2 draw) 62.g7 Nf6 63.Kf4 Kd5 64.Kxf5 Ng8 65.Kg6 Black loses the last two pawns.

By elimination, the only reasonable move seems to be 61... Ne8 to stop the white pawns and the white king from g7. For example, 61.fxg6 Ng7 followed by the return of the black king. Or 61.f6 Nc7 62.f7 Ne6 and the king and the knight prevent the invasion of the white king.

That's all I can do today.

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  scormus: <Sally> they come to the same thing. "I'm calling your bluff. And just on the remote chance youre not bluffing, I'll make sure you have to make good moves to beat me." ;)
Jan-24-16  Olsonist: What's Black's path to victory from the end position?

Black has infinite tempi. So he can back the White King away from the pawns, munch the pawns and queen.

Jan-24-16  dnp: chrisowen, like your comments, pity no-one else seems to appreciate them. Casting your pearls before the swine.
Jan-24-16  mel gibson: Quote
"chrisowen, like your comments, pity no-one else seems to appreciate them. Casting your pearls before the swine."

Why? - his comments are incomprehensible
& a waste of bandwidth because no one reads them.

Jan-25-16  epistle: He is the James Joyce of CG. Or, if a woman, CG's Gertrude Stein.
Jun-15-16  Virgil A: Fantastic endgame by MLG.
Feb-20-17  SuperPatzer77: Black to play and win below:

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1... Ke8! 2. Ke4 Kf8 3. Kf4 Ne8! 4. g7+ Kxg7! 5. Kf5 Kf7 6. g6+ Ke7!! 7. g7 Nxg7+ 8. Kg6!? Ke6!! 9. Kxg7 Kf5 10. Kh6 Kg4 11. Kg6 Kxh4 12. Kf5 Kg3 13. Ke4 h4 (White cannot stop Black h-pawn from queening). 0-1

Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 67. Ke5 Ke8 68. Ke4 Kf8 69. Kf4 Ne8 black would win on move 95.
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