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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Oldrich Duras
San Sebastian (1912), San Sebastian ESP, rd 19, Mar-15
French Defense: Advance Variation. Milner-Barry Gambit (C02)  ·  1-0



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Aug-13-05  The Careful Cat: At Black's 46th move he resigned. Should Black have resigned here? I can't find a clear win and neither can Fritz.

Can anyone demonstate the win for White?

Many thanks.

Aug-13-05  Koster: Ke7 looks like a draw. Possibly there are some missing moves or perhaps black ran out of time.
Aug-13-05  Snow Man: Are you sure he resigned? maybe he lost on time.....
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  Gypsy: Here is a winning variation, IMKO:

46...Ke7 47.Kg6 d1Q 48.Rxd1 Rxd1 49.g8Q Rg1+ 50.Kh7 Rh1+ 51.Kg7 Rg1+ 52.Kh8 Rh1+ 53.Qh7+! Rxh7 54.Kxh7 ... and the pawn endgame should be a win for White.

Alternative 47...Rg8 48.Rd1 Rd8 49.Rxd2! Rxd2 50.g8Q ... is substantially the same.

Black resignation does seem abrupt, however. Perhaps Duras overstepped time, but my guess is that he resigned during an adjournement (or right before, or right after).

[Disclaimer: No engine.]

Aug-13-05  sneaky pete: In the tournament book Mieses gives the line "46... Ke7 47.Kg6 d1Q 48.Rxd1 Rxd1 49.g8Q Rg1+ 50.Kh7 Rh1+ 51.Kg7 Rg1+ 52.Kh8 Rh1+ 53.Qh7+ Rxh7+ 54.Kxh7 Kf7 55.Kh6 .. and wins the pawn ending."
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  Gypsy: <sneaky pete> Thx, it is quite satisfying to give the same variation as Mieses!
Aug-13-05  Koster: <Gypsy> Looking further I found that variation too. The Kh8, Qh7+ idea is what I missed the first time.
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  Gypsy: <Koster> Great to hear. And belated welcome to the chessgames community, btw!
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  nizmo11: This is very complex game.\Nimzo in his comments in Chess Praxis points out that 15.Nxe5 was a mistake giving away the advantage. But his comment on move 17 is over-optimistic.
- 17. Qd2 "The only move, against d4 White must have the possibility of 18.Bb2 d3 19.Nd4! Rxd4? 20.Qxc3+ but the position was alreasy bad, after 20...Kb8 21.Dxd4 Dxb4 it turns out that d-pawn will gain the exchange back.
- He then praises White centralization against Black's flank attack, but at the critical moment he abandons it:

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He could continue the same central strategy with 22.Rfc1! gxh3 24 Nc6 (24 g3!?) with advantage, but decides to cash-in and plays 22.Nf5. To this Black had a remarkable reply

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22...d4!! 23.Bxd4 Dd8 ,and now blacks light square bishop wakes up, or 24.Nxd4 gxh3,
(He gives here variant 22...Dd8 23.Nxe7+ Qxe7 24.Qxg4 but even this is not very convincing for White)
After 22...Bb5? he then conducts the rest of the game excellently.

Mar-14-23  jonvonson: just discovered this game from the yusupov series. very instructive especially 18.Nd4!

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