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Wei Yi vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Tata Steel Masters (2017), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-16
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0



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Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: Think this will be drawn eventually.
Jan-16-17  not not: how about Rc6 and Re4 to take a pawn? it us on white square
Jan-16-17  offramp: This is where Live coverage joined the game:

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It does look a bit drawish, even if Black loses his e-pawn.

Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: If black loses the pawn it's more complicated to draw as he has to run his own pawn to get play. Guess he couldn't play 58..Bd2 because of 59 Rc2 pinning the bishop
Jan-16-17  you vs yourself: 62. Rg6+ should win
Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: 62 Rg6+ Kxg6 63 Rxe5 Bd2 64 Rxe6+ Kf5 is a draw.
Jan-16-17  not not: "but you have to see that" as Fisher used to say
Jan-16-17  you vs yourself: <Marmot PFL: 62 Rg6+ Kxg6 63 Rxe5 Bd2 64 Rxe6+ Kf5 is a draw.>

Can't white simply try - Re8 (to cut black king off from a5), march his own king up the a file and exchange rook for bishop and pawn?

Jan-16-17  not not: not really a and h pawn is draw if black kings gets to promo square first
Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: Sure, but with a rook pawn black just puts the king in the corner and the best white has is stalemate.
Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: If the pawns were on a5 and a6 white would win as the black king would be too far away.
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  whiteshark: <you vs yourself> After Rxa5 Bxa5 Kxa5 the black King is near enough to either keep w♔ ahead of his own pawn on the a file or stalemated as <Marmot PFL> stated.
Jan-16-17  not not: black seems busted, losing a pawn now

unless Im missing something

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  whiteshark: <Marmot PFL: If the pawns were on a5 and a6 white would win as the black king would be too far away.> Right - it all about <one> tempo.
Jan-16-17  you vs yourself: <Marmot PFL> <not not> <whiteshark> Are you calculating until the end to conclude this or is there a calculation trick for this type of position?
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  whiteshark: I used / put the position on here:
Jan-16-17  not not: Im calculating, other two r guessing!
Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: 66...Bc3? was bad as 67 Rc4 Bb4 68 Rxb4 wins, or else 68 Rc5 and Rxa5
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  whiteshark: D'oh, due to Nepom's careless play this game might as well ends here: Game Collection: yy_x- - -> HALL OF BLAME
Jan-16-17  not not: Nepo decided to copy Capa's
Jan-16-17  not not: opponents!
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: computer says mate in 21...
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: mate in 18...
Jan-16-17  you vs yourself: Big win for Wei. Given his tactical fame, I am impressed by his patient play against the super GMs.
Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: Good win against a highly rated player.
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