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Alexey Shirov vs Alexander Fishbein
Kerteminde (1991), Kerteminde DEN, rd 8
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Modern System (E97)  ·  0-1



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Jul-25-08  4tmac:

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BLACK TO MOVE & WIN..........this is the position after whites 49 move at the start of this ending. It's unfair in that this is a tricky ending. White needs to put his K on f3 and attack blacks P with his N. Black wins by simply playing K-g6. 49. ... R-h3+?! 50. K-f2 K-g3 51. K-e2?! (N-f3! was the only move to draw-I said it was tricky) 51. ... R-a3 52. N-c2 R-a2 and black went on to win. In playing over variations I found some that were drawn. I'll post one for those who are interested.

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DRAWN (with either to move)

Feb-02-09  rwbean: I got here from Fishbein's Wikipedia page ... interesting choice of game.

Going through this with Shredder online database:

49. Nd4 is the move which loses slowest, in 32 moves.

49 ... Kg6 is the only winning move, in 32 moves.

50. Kf2 is the only drawing move.

51. Nf3 is the only drawing move. (So this is one place where Shirov could have forced a draw.)

For example:

51. Nf3 Rh1 -- White must play 52. Kg3 to draw
51. Nf3 Kh5 -- White must play 52. Kg2 to draw

51. Nf3 Kh6 -- White must play 52. Kg2 or 52. Nd4 to draw

51. Nf3 Rh7 -- White must play 52. Kg3 or 52. Ne1 to draw

51. Nf3 Rh8 -- White must play 52. Kg3 or 52. Ne1 or 52. Ne5 to draw

For other moves (except of course 51... Rxf3+) White has at least four different options to draw.

51 ... Rc3 is the fastest winning move, in 29 moves. 51 ... Ra3 wins in 32 moves.

52. Nc2 is the slowest losing move (ie best).

52 ... Ra2 is the only winning move.

53. Kd3 is the slowest losing move.

53... Ra4 is the quickest winning move, but not the only winning move.

53. Ke3 is the slowest losing move.

54... Rc4 is the quickest winning move, but 54... Ra2 also wins.

55. Nd4 is the slowest losing move (28 moves), all other moves lose in 23 moves or less.

55... Rc5 wins in 28, 55... Rc3 wins in 29.

56. Kf2 loses in 28, 56. Ke2 loses in 27.

56... Rc5 is the fastest win in 27.

57. Nf3 is the slowest loss in 26.

57... Kh5 is the fastest win in 26.

58. Ne5 is the slowest loss in 25.

58... Rc3 is the fastest win in 25.

59. Kf2 is the equal slowest loss with Kd2 and Nd7 in 24.

59... Kh4 is the quickest win in 24.

60. Kg2 is the equal slowest loss with Nd7 in 24.

60... Rb3 is the quickest win in 23.

Oct-19-09  whiteshark: <37.Rxd5! Nxd5 38.Bc4> would have been a good alternative.

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White is going to win a second piece (♘d5) for the rook, a the cost of his ♙b6.

Oct-19-09  whiteshark: A similar game arose in

[Event "Tastrup"]
[Site "Tastrup"]
[Date "1992.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Gurevich, Mikhail"]
[Black "Wahls, Matthias"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E97"]
[WhiteElo "2635"]
[BlackElo "2570"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Nd2 a5 10. a3 Nd7 11. Rb1 f5 12. b4 Kh8 13. Qc2 Ng8 14. exf5 gxf5 15. f4 Ne7 16. Nf3 axb4 17. axb4 e4 18. Ng5 Nf6 19. Rd1 c6 20. Be3 h6 21. Ne6 Bxe6 22. dxe6 Nc8 23. g4 Qe8 24. gxf5 Ne7 25. Nxe4 Nxf5 26. Bf2 Nxe4 27. Qxe4 Qg6+ 28. Qg2 Qxe6 29. Qf3 Ra2 30. Bf1 Nd4 31. Bxd4 Bxd4+ 32. Rxd4 Qg6+ 33. Qg3 Qxb1 34. Rxd6 Qh7 35. f5 Rg8 36. Rg6 Rxg6 37. fxg6 Qe7 38. Qc3+ Qg7 39. Qd3 Qe5 40. Qd8+ Kg7 41. Qd7+ Kxg6 42. Qd3+ Kf7 43. Qd7+ Qe7 44. Qd4 Qg5+ 45. Kh1 Rd2 46. Qe4 Qg6 47. Qe3 Qf5 48. Be2 Rb2 49. h4 Rxb4 50. Bh5+ Qxh5 51. Qf2+ Ke6 52. Qe1+ Kd7 53. Qxb4 Qxh4+ 54. Kg2 Qg4+ 55. Kh2 Qh4+ 56. Kg2 Qg4+ 57. Kh2 Qf4+ 58. Kg2 b5 0-1

Wahls suggested 19.Bb2 trying to transpose into Shirov-Fishbein game as improvement.

May-08-16  newzild: A pun for this game might be "Bein Fishing", considering the fact that Fishbein rolled the dice and managed to pull off a swindle.
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 47...Kh5 mates in 29 moves.

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