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Ulf Andersson vs Eugenio Torre
Geneva (1977), Geneva SUI, rd 2, Mar-27
English Opening: General (A10)  ·  1-0



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  wwall: Is 39...Ne6 any better? After 40.Kc4, Black has 40...Ra4+ or 40...Ra2.

If 41...Na5, then 42.Nxc5 Ra2+ 43.Kd3 Rxh2 44.Ra1 Nc6 45.Rxa6 Ne7 46.Ra8+ Kh7 47.Ra7 Nf5 48.g4 Rh3+ 49.Ke4 Ng3+ 50.Kd5 and 51.Rxf7 should win.

If 42...Na5, then 43.Nc5 wins the rook.

If 43...Ke8, then 44.f6 gxf6 45.exf6, threatening 46.Rd8 mate.

After 44.Nd8, White threatens 45.Nc6+ and 46.Rd8 mate.

If 44...Na5, then 45.Rd5 (threatening 46.Rxa5 Rxa5 47.Nc6+ and 48.Nxa5), 45...Ke8 46.e6 f6 47.Rd7 Kf8 48.e7+ Ke8 49.Rc7 and 50.Ne6 wins.

After 45.Nc6, White threatens 46.Rd8 mate.

After 46.f6 (threatening 47.Rd8 mate), if 46...Kg8 47.Rd8+ Kh7 48.e6 fxe6 49.f7 wins.

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  Mateo: <wwall: Is 39...Ne6 any better?> It's passive. The Knight is tied to the defence of the c5 pawn. White can just improve the" position of his Rook with 40.Rb1. Then if 40...Ra2 41.f5 and Nd4 doesn't work anylonger. If 40...g5 41.f5 Nd4 42.Nd6, White is gradually winning.

Such a good game gives me 2 impressions :

1) the elos are clearly inflating, as such a play, from both sides, should be nearly equal to 2650-2700 today IGMs.

2) The quality of the play was better earlier because they had more time on the clock (2h30/40 moves).

Jan-06-09  zanshin: Here's low-ply analysis of 39...Nb3, g5 and Ne6 (nice feature of Aquarium interface allowing analysis of selected moves only):

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[+1.23] d=18 39...Nb3 40.Rd1 Ra2 41.Kc4 Nd2 42.Kxc5 a5 43.Nd6 a4 44.Kb4 a3 45.h4 g6 46.Ka4 Kg7 47.c4 Rc2 48.Kxa3 Nxc4 49.Kb3 Rd2 50.Rxd2 Nxd2 51.Kb4 Nf1 52.Ne4 Ne3 53.Kc5 Nf5 54.Kc6 Kf8 (0:10.20) 37442kN

[+1.32] d=18 39...g5 40.Nxc5 Ne6 41.Nxe6 fxe6 42.h4 gxh4 43.gxh4 h5 44.f5 exf5 45.Rf1 Kf7 46.Rxf5 Ke6 47.Rxh5 Ra1 48.Rg5 a5 49.h5 a4 50.Kc4 Rh1 51.Kb4 Rh4 52.c4 (0:12.01) 44476kN

[+1.75] d=17 39...Ne6 40.Rb1 f6 41.exf6 gxf6 42.Rb6 Nc7 43.Nxc5 Nd5 44.Rb3 Ra5 45.Ne4 f5 46.Nd2 Nf6 47.c4 Kf7 48.Nf3 Nd7 49.Kc3 Ra2 50.Rb7 Ke8 (0:08.23) 30460kN

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  keypusher: The end of the game makes an amazing impression: they seem to be battling over the c-pawns, then suddenly Black's king is coming under a mating attack.

After 42.Kb2:

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Black's knight and rook are immobilized (42....Na5 43.Nc5).

This game won the best endgame prize for the tournament.

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