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Semion Alapin vs Mikhail Chigorin
Berlin (1897), Berlin GER, rd 11, Sep-24
King Pawn Game: Alapin Opening (C20)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-06-14
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  naresb: 48. Rg1 was a blunder by white, he could have instead played 48. a5 to exert pressure on b6. After 46... Rdd8 followed with 47... Kd6, the support to b6 Pawn was reduced by one.

With 48. a5 he could have captured 'b6' Pawn and then aligning both Rooks on 'a' file along with Bc4, put pressure on 'a6 Pawn and thus punctured the queenside.

Mar-06-19  Straclonoor: Alapin missed clear win to his irreconcilable opponent! Missed win in international tournament.

Analysis by Stockfish 080219 64 POPCNT:

+- (#28): 76.Bc6 Rf2+ 77.Kb3 Bd8 78.Bd5 Ka7 79.Rc8 Kb6 80.f7 Be7 81.d8B+ Bxd8 82.Rxd8 Kc5 83.Kc3 Rf4 84.Kd3 Rd4+ 85.Ke3 Rf4 86.f8Q+ Rxf8 87.Rxf8 Kxd5 88.Re8 e4 89.Rxe4 Kc5 90.Re5+ Kc6 91.Kd3 Kd7 92.Kc4 Kd6 93.Re4 Kc6 94.Re6+ Kd7 95.Kd5 Kc7 96.Kc5 Kd7 97.Re4 Kc7 98.Re7+ Kd8 99.Kd6 Kc8 100.Kc6 Kb8 101.Re8+ Ka7 102.Rf8 Ka6 103.Ra8#

Mar-06-19
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  Honza Cervenka: If 58...Bxc3?, then 59.Rxa6+ Rxa6 60.bxa6 Bc8 61.fxg6 Ke7 62.d6+ +-
Mar-06-19
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  Honza Cervenka: <naresb: 48. Rg1 was a blunder by white, he could have instead played 48. a5 to exert pressure on b6. After 46... Rdd8 followed with 47... Kd6, the support to b6 Pawn was reduced by one.

With 48. a5 he could have captured 'b6' Pawn and then aligning both Rooks on 'a' file along with Bc4, put pressure on 'a6 Pawn and thus punctured the queenside.>

What about 48...b5 after 48.a5?

Aug-28-19
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  fredthebear: Here's how to draw the KR&B vs K&R ending:

Carlsen vs Van Wely, 2007

Keep in mind that an exchange of rooks results in a draw by insufficient mating material. Without rooks, neither side can force checkmate. Also, sacrifice the lone rook if it's giveaway/capture results in a stalemated king that cannot move but has the move and is not in check. (The lone king and rook is highly unlikely to win against a superior force, so the weaker color is realistically playing for a draw.) There is the possibility of a three-fold repetition of position, and the 50-move rule without a capture or pawn advance occurring.

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