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Milan Rodoje Vukcevich vs Heikki Westerinen
Reykjavik (1976), Reykjavik ISL, rd 10, Sep-??
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Suhle Defense (C59)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  tpstar: Fritz 7 Deep Position Analysis [20MB]:

1) 12. 0-0

a) 12 ... Bxe5 13. fxe5 Qd4+ 14. Kh1 Qxe5 0.25/13

b) 12 ... Qb6+ 13. Kh1 Bf5 14. d4 Rad8 0.28/12

2) 12. Nc3

a) 12 ... Bc5 13. Na4 Bd4 14. c3 Bxe5 0.19/13

b) 12 ... Qb6 13. d4 Rd8 14. Na4 Qc7 0.25/13

3) 12. d4

a) 12 ... Qb6 13. c3 c5 14. Nd2 Rb8 0.25/11

b) 12 ... c5 13. Nc3 cd 14. Qxd4 Bxe5 0.34/12

Interesting that Fritz 7 didn't consider 12. Nc3 Nd5 since I don't see a blatant error here; 13. Nxe4 Nxf4 14. Nxd6 Qxd6 looks even. This ... Nd5 idea comes up in other 2N lines, freeing the f Pawn to advance and support the Pe4. Great fighting draw.

Apr-14-06  Tariqov: I think this ending is won for Black,normally three seperated isolated pawns win againts a lone knight even if the knight and King are coordinated.How about 88...Ke3 89Nc4+Kd4 90Nb2Kc3 91.Nd1+,Kd2.Looks like a won to me,the knight is forced to give up for the d-pawn,and a won pawn ending arises.
Jan-11-10  YouRang: This N vs. 3P endgame was winnable for black, but not so easy to see how.

White gave black an opportunity to win on the 88th move [diagram]

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Here, white can force a draw with <88.Kf2!>, but instead he played <88.Kf1>. The main difference is that at f1, the white king can't approach the black h-pawn at h3.

However black, unable to to see the winning idea, pushed the h-pawn: 88...h2, allowing the white king access to g2, where it can capture the h-pawn, and still be in position to stop the f-pawn, which is *just* too far away to promote successfully. The rest of the game was a forced draw, played perfectly by white.

The winning idea for black was to buy a tempo with 88...f5!!, moving the f-pawn forward while white is unable to make any counter-threats (such as attacking the h-pawn). White's best is 89.Kf2, and NOW black has 89...h2 90.Kg2 [diagram]

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This is the same position that was reached in the game after white's 89th move -- EXCEPT that the f-pawn is one square further advanced -- and this makes all the difference.

Now, 90...Ke3 91.Nc4+ Ke2 92.Kxh2 [diagram]

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And this is the same position that was reached in the game after white's 97th move -- but again, except for the f-pawn being advanced one square.

Black can now afford to exchange the d-pawn for the knight: 93...d2 94.Nb2 (94.Nxd2 Kxd2 95.Kg3 Ke3 ) then 94...f4! and the white king can't stop the f-pawn from promoting.

Since black lost that key tempo in the actual game, black's 94th move would have been 94...f5 (not 94...f4). This allows white to play 95.Kg3! to prevent the f-pawn from advancing. If black tries to help it with 95...Ke3, then 96.Nc4+! forks the king and d2 pawn, and the draw is in the bag.

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  FSR: Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour Ride.
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  Phony Benoni: Bus Tour? That king qualified for Frequent Flyer miles.
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  FSR: <<FSR: Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour Ride.>

Phony Benoni: Bus Tour? That king qualified for Frequent Flyer miles.>

Heikki's king only moved 39 times. That's nothing. Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour (by the newly famous (Sixto) Rodriguez of Detroit) had <2,752 unscheduled stops>.

Apr-01-22  Granny O Doul: I'm very skeptical as to White's having played 88. Kf1 (and not Kf2). No one's perfect, but I can't see what would attract anybody to Kf1 there.
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  fredthebear: Yes <G.O.D.> gaining the opposition w/88.Kf2 has to be better.

Black then blows his win with 88...h2??

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