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Pentala Harikrishna vs Yu Yangyi
Shenzhen Masters (2017), Shenzhen CHN, rd 5, Mar-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-27-17
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  cro777: Harikrishna: "Pulled off a draw against Yangyi Yu in a rook-bishop vs rook endgame. Must thank friend who forced me to work on this."

As Harikrishna pointed out, it is important to study the main defensive strategies in pawnless endgames.

Position after 85.Rd7


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The Second-Rank Defence: the idea is to keep the rook on the second rank. White can prevent his king from becoming tied to the edge.

Mar-27-17
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  cro777: After 43...Rh3, an easier way to draw was the transition into a theoretically drawn rook endgame:

Position after 43...Rh3


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44.Rh5! (instead of 44.Bg4) Rh2 45.Bg4 Rf2+ 46.Kg1 Rxf4 47.Rxh4 f5 48.Bxf5 Rxf5


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