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Mark Taimanov vs Bent Larsen
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 7, Nov-18
Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System (E14)  ·  1-0

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Nov-22-03  waddayaplay: 53... Ke5 was a huge blunder. Kf4 would save the draw. Eg 54. Ra4+ Kf3, and white gets nowhere. 55. g5 is of course not permitted due to Rh8#
Feb-05-05  Jack Rabbit: The defending King is cut off from the queening square and the attacking King is in contact with the Pawn.

1. <65 -- Rg7 66 Kh5 Rh7+ 67 Kg6>

2. <65 -- Ke4 66 Rf7> and White shuffles forward.

3. <65 -- Kd5 66 Kh5 Rh8+ 67 Kg6 Rg8+ 68 Kh6 Rh8+ 69 Kg7>

4. The best try seems to be <65 -- Rh8+ 66 Kg4> (66 Rh6? Rxh6+ 67 gxh6 Kf6 68 Kh5 Kf7 69 h7 Kg7 = or 69 Kg5 Kg8 70 Kg6 Kh8 =) <66 -- Rh7 67 Rf3 Rg7 68 Kh5 Rh7+ 69 Kg6>

Feb-05-05  Milo: Waddayaplay: I've gotta remember that trick... could be useful.
Nov-22-11
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  Peligroso Patzer: <waddayaplay: 53... Ke5 was a huge blunder. Kf4 would save the draw. Eg 54. Ra4+ Kf3, and white gets nowhere. 55. g5 is of course not permitted due to Rh8# >

This is good analysis, but it is worth noting that the line given actually starts at move <63> in the game (not 53) from this position:


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Nov-22-11
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  Peligroso Patzer: With regard to the position in the diagram from my previous post, in addition to the drawing idea pointed out by <waddayaplay> in 2003, there is another drawing method, i.e., <63. … Rh8+ 64. Kg3 Ke5 65.Ra6> (or <65. Rf3 Rg8=>) <65. … Rh1=>, as noted in the recently published <Tragicomedy in the Endgame>, by Mark DVORETSKY, Russell Enterprises, Inc. ©2011, at page 23.
May-27-12  chegado: This is one of the endings featured in the classic "Practical Chess Endings", by Paul Keres. After the move 58.Kg6 the position is drawn. The text says "the usual plan for Black in such positions is drive the king back by checking with the rook. If the king advances, the the rook stays in front of the pawn to prevent its advance".

It's also worth remember that White had a good chance after 14...dxc5?, when the simple tactical manouvre 15.Nxh7+ wins a pawn. Then, if 15...Nxh7 16.Qxd7 Qxd7 17.Rxd7 Nf6 18.Bxf6 gxf6 with easy game for Taimanov.

May-28-12  Poisonpawns: According to Nalimov tablebase.This was drawn all the way up to 63..Ke5? where it announces mate in 35moves! 63..Rh8+ draw
Nov-30-16  AlbertoDominguez: This is position 14 in Dvoretsky's Tragicomedy in the Endgame

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