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David Bronstein vs Ratmir Kholmov
Moscow (1961)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense McCormick Defense (C35)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-18-11  Everett: A nice and proper war, this one! I imagine there were mistakes on both sides... Kholmov's successful draw is remarkable evidence of his tenacity.
Aug-23-15  thomastonk: I studied the ending after 41.♔xg8. It is ♖ v ♙♙♙:


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According to the tablebases it is a draw, but if White could move again, it would be a win. So, Black has to be very careful. Kholmov advanced only the a- and b-pawn, gave up the c-pawn, and made precise king moves. Perfect play. And so it became ♖ v ♙♙:


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This seems to be 'book ending' and only a matter of exact counting. But then I observed that it is really tricky. Only one of the six possible king moves draws! Kholmov's 47.. ♔d3 looks fine, but it loses. The point is 50.♖d2+ (instead of Bronstein's 50.♖c7+):


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This check forces a painful decision. All lines are very interesting and can be checked by a program or the tablebases. Have fun!

PS: Is this example already mentioned in any endgame book?

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