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Jesus Diez del Corral vs Borislav Ivkov
"OK Corral" (game of the day Sep-04-2008)
EUR-chT (Men) 4th (1970), Kapfenberg AUT, rd 1, May-10
Benoni Defense: Czech Benoni Defense (A56)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-17-05  Granite: Very nice fighting draw. Black finally sacs a knight for two connected pawns but white still manages to draw. Very nice game.
Sep-04-08  think: Just skip to move 56. This game is very boring until then - it's a very interesting endgame.
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  al wazir: I think white had an easier draw with 62. Nxa6 Kxc4 63. Nb4!
Sep-04-08  kellmano: Great endgame. I like it when GOTD is a draw.
Sep-04-08  andymac: <kellmano>: You're a little odd. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.
Sep-04-08  Chesstalesfan: What is GOTD?
Sep-04-08  Alphastar: I wonder whether it would've been better for avoid to avoid the exchange of his dark-squared bishop on move 15, with for example Kh1 so fxe4 fxe4 Ng4 can be answered with Bg1.
Sep-04-08  newzild: This game was mundane as hell right through the opening and middlegame. I was thinking "why oh why is this game of the day?"

Then white started performing miracles in the ending and it all made perfect sense.

Sep-04-08  arsen387: yeah, miracle is a good word to describe what whites did in endgame. Very beautiful.

<Chesstalesfan: What is GOTD?> Game Of The Day

Sep-04-08  Chesstalesfan: Thank you Arsen387
Sep-04-08  moodini: <al wazir> after 62. Nxa6 maybe black plays e4. I think white will struggle to stop one of the pawns promoting.
Sep-04-08  PinnedPiece: Do chess engines finish with a draw from this position? (Sorry I don't have one myself)

Sep-04-08  sallom89: I just posted this for people who could not evaluate the position well, like me. Just to make it clear.

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Analysis by Comet B68:

1. = (-0.09): 1...e4 2.Kf4 g5+ 3.Kxe4 Kxd6 4.Nb5+ Kc5 5.Nxa3 g4 6.Nc4 g3 7.Ne3 g2 8.Nxg2

2. = (0.00): 1...Ke6 2.Kg4 Kf7 3.Kf3 g5 4.Kg4 Kf6 5.d7 Ke7 6.Kxg5 Kxd7 7.Kf5 Kc6 8.Kxe5 a2

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  al wazir: <moodini: after 62. Nxa6 maybe black plays e4. I think white will struggle to stop one of the pawns promoting.>

62...e4 63. Nb4 e3+ 64. Kg3.

A) 64...e2 65. Kxh3 Ke3 (65...e8=Q? 66. Nc2+; 65...Kxc4 66. Nc2 Kxd5 67. Kg2 Kc5 68. Kf2 1/2-1/2) 66. Nc2+ Kd2 67. Nd4 Ke3 (67...Kd1? 68. Nf3) 68. Nc2+ 1/2-1/2.

B) 64...Kxc4 65. Nc2 e2 66. Kxh3 1/2-1/2.

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  kevin86: Yes,this game was rather dull until the knight sac by black. Only white's nimble knight could save the game from the ravishes of black's footsoldiers.
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  whiteshark: A long drawing sequence
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  al wazir: I meant A) 64...e2 65. Kxh3 Ke3 (65...<e1>=Q? 66. Nc2+, etc.).
Sep-04-08  JG27Pyth: <Al wazir <I meant A) 64...e2 65. Kxh3 Ke3 (65...<e1>=Q? 66. Nc2+, etc.).>

In your variation I think 65...Kc3 wins for black. There's no stopping the e pawn from queening:

66.Na2+ Kd2!

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  al wazir: <JG27Pyth: A) 64...e2 65. Kxh3 Ke3 (65...<e1>=Q? 66. Nc2+, etc.). In your variation I think 65...Kc3 wins for black.>

You're right. Now the question in my mind is, did Diez calculate that? Or was he just lucky?

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