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Igor Bondarevsky vs Paul Keres
Leningrad / Moscow training (1939), Leningrad / Moscow URS, rd 14, Jan-25
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-25-03  sleepkid: A "book" draw at the time this game was played (though one requiring impeccable technique.) Has the theory on this changed at all?

One must admire Keres' determination and patience in this endgame. In commenting on this game Fred Reinfeld quotes Alan Breck in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped':

"Am I no a bonny fighter?"

Feb-02-04  Catfriend: I think the theory didn't change, it's a book-draw as you said
Sep-20-04  Knezh: Magic! Deserves deep study!
Feb-19-06  chessworm: Does this game has win for white at any point?
It seems to be that white is winning till the end... But a stalemate to end the game!!! Quite rare and exquisite...
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  Fusilli: Quite an interesting endgame. Compare with Smyslov vs E Relange, 1996.

The difference seems to be the activity of Black's rook. Keres kept it active and shooting from afar. Relange tried to use it to contain White's advance. Hmmm...

Sep-25-08  karik: Some good and bad moves according to Nalimov. After 58.Rxh4 the position is drawn, but...

64. -Rg1! only move to draw
65. -Rb2? should lose
67. Kg3! only move to win
68. h5! only move to win
71. Ra5? throws away win
73. -Kg7! only move to draw
92. -Kxh6 also draws
93. -Ra6! only move to draw

May-19-21  tbontb: White's easiest win is perhaps 48.g3 d2 49.g4+ Ke5 50.Ke2 Rh1 51.Rxd2 Rxh2 52.Ke3 establishing connected passed pawns. After this missed opportunity, both sides slip up in a technically drawn but difficult R plus h and f pawns ending. Exploring with tablebase and agreeing with Nalimov above, 56....Rxg2 equalises but then 66....Rb2+? 67.Kg3 sets up a White win with best play. After further inexactitudes, the game falls back into a hard-fought draw.

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