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Erich Eliskases vs Ludwig Schmitt
German Championship (1938), Bad Oeynhausen GER, rd 7, Jul-30
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Milner-Barry Variation (E33)  ·  1-0



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  Mateo: A beautiful King and pawn ending. It seems that Black should avoid the exhange of Rooks. 35...Rxe8? is losing. This could be a great puzzle. Eliskases was really a master of the ending.
Sep-15-14  jvv: Ater 38 ... a5 black is OK.
Sep-15-14  JimNorCal: <mateo> "This could be a great puzzle." Agree. I don't have time to analyze now, but it is hard to believe that Black can't draw (see <jvv>'s comment for one try).

Nonetheless, Eliskases seized the only chance available and brought home the win. Energetic!

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  Mateo: <jvv: Ater 38 ... a5 black is OK.> Yes, nice. For instance:

A) 39.bxa5 Kc7 40.Kd3 Kb8 41.Kc4 Ka7 42.Kb4 Ka6 43.Ka4 Ka7 44.a6 bxa6! (44...Kxa6? 45.Kb4 Ka7 46.Ka5, then White brings the King to b6 and the pawn to a6 winning) 45.Ka5, White can't progress. Draw.

B) 39.Kd3 axb4 (39...a4? 40.Kc4 and b5, White wins) 40.axb4 Kc7 41.Kc4 b5+ 42.cxb6+ Kxb6, it's a draw.

An interesting point is that 39...a5? would be too late. 40.Kc4 wins. 40...axb4 41.Kxb4 (see variation A).

Thus, the puzzle should be: White wins or draw?

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  Mateo: 39...a5 40.Kc4 axb4 41.Kxb4! Kb8 42.Ka5 Ka7 43.a4 Kb8 44.Kb6 Kc8 45.a5 Kb8 46.a6 bxa6 47.Kxa6 Kc7 48.f3 (zugswang) Kc8 49.Kb6 Kd7 50.Kb7, White wins. An important point is to play ...a5 before White could answer to ...axb4 with Kxb4.

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