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Vasily Smyslov vs Yuri L Averbakh
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 9, Feb-07
Zukertort Opening: Nimzo-Larsen Variation (A04)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-25-06  waddayaplay: Averbakh shows he knows his endgames.
Jan-25-06  who: I can't find a site with the 6 piece Nalimov tablebase. I also don't know if it covers this position. Can someone input the position before 70...Ba1. Fritz seems to think white can win with 71.Rb8+! but I can't really tell.
Jan-25-06  aw1988: I don't have any computer running at the moment, but yes, Rb8 is a win...
Jan-25-06  crafty: 71. ♖b8+ ♔a7 72. ♖d8 ♗f6 73. ♖d7+ ♔xa6 74. ♖d6+   (eval 6.25; depth 18 ply; 100M nodes)
Jan-25-06
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  Sneaky: OK I get it.

71.Rb8+! Ka7 (71...Kxa6?? Ra8+) 72.Rd8!

Now Black must move the bishop and all squares are equally as pathetic. Crafty suggests Bf6 which seems weird because it prevents Kxa6 (due to Rd6+) so lets look at another one.

72...Be5
73.Kb5


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And now the winning procedure is to play Rd7+ forcing the king to the back rank, then play a7, then Ka6, and there's no way to stop the back rank mate.

Nov-25-20  Straclonoor: Smyslov could won the game

61. Rb5 Kxc4 62. Kg3 Bd2 63. Kf3 Bc3 64. Ke3 Be1 65. Rb1 Bb4 66. Ke4 Bd2 67. Ra1 Ba5 68. Rg1 Kb4 69. Kd5 Bb6 70. Rg4+ Ka5 71. Kc6 Ka6 72. Rg8 c4 73. Ra8+ Ba7 74. Kd5 c3 75. Rc8 Ka5 76. Kc4 c2 77. Kb3 Bd4 78. Rxc2 Kb6 79. Rd2 Be3 80. Rd5 Bf2 81. Rb5+ Ka6 82. Kc4 Bg1 83. Kd5 Bf2 84. Kc6 Bg1 85. Re5 Bf2 86. Re8 Ka7 87. Kb5 Bg1 88. Re7+ Kb8 89. Ka6 Bd4 90. Rb7+ Kc8 91. Rb5 Kc7 92. Rb3 Bf2 93. Ka5 Kc6 94. Rf3 Bg1 95. Rf7 Be3 96. Ka6 Bg1 97. a5 Be3 98. Re7 Bd4 99. Re4 Bf2 100. Rc4+ Kd5 101. Kb5 Bg1 102. a6 Bf2 103. Rc7 Bg1 104. Rb7 Bf2 105. Rb6 Bg1 106. a7 Bxb6 107. a8=Q+ Ke5 108. Qe8+ Kf5 109. Kxb6 Kg5 110. Qe4 Kh5 111. Qg2 Kh4 112. Kc6 Kh5 113. Kd6 Kh4 114. Ke6 Kh5 115. Kf5 Kh4 116. Qh2# Lomonosov TB7

Nov-25-20  offramp: <Straclonoor: Smyslov could won the game 61. Rb5 Kxc4 62. Kg3 ...>

The game transposed back to that. Also, Smyslov had a quick win available at move 71.

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