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Alexander Fritz vs Louis Paulsen
Wiesbaden (1880), rd 5, Jul-06
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation (B58)  ·  1-0



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Jan-13-12  optimal play: With a Rook + 2 pawns vs Bishop + 3 pawns White was never going to give up on the win. I wonder if 23 consecutive moves for the same Rook is a record that still stands?
Jan-16-12  David2009: A Fritz vs Paulsen, 1880 <optimal play: With a Rook + 2 pawns vs Bishop + 3 pawns White was never going to give up on the win. I wonder if 23 consecutive moves for the same Rook is a record that still stands?> Can't help you there, mate.

Black seems to have missed various wins but had the draw well in hand until the final blunder 72...Bc5??. Perhaps Paulsen was afraid of 72...Kh2 73.Kg5?! picking up the h Pawn, but the Pawn is poisoned: after 73...Kg2 74.Kxh4 (not 74.Rc2+? Bf2 etc) Kf3

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and it is White (to play) who has to play accurately to draw. Interactive link: Instead of 73 Kg5?! White can draw comfortably with 73.Rc2+ returning to a position already seen at move 65.

Jan-17-12  optimal play: That link to is interesting. Some useful tools & videos! I think your analysis is right. If after 72...♔h2 there are no mistakes, it has to be a draw. It does seem Paulsen was definitely afraid of giving up the h-pawn and that was his downfall. 72...♗c5?? was a terrible move, giving White an unstoppable passed pawn and handing Fritz the game.

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