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Milan Vidmar vs Paul Krueger
19th DSB Congress, Mannheim (1914), Mannheim GER, rd 8, Jul-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation. Normal Line (D55)  ·  1-0



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An instructive one demonstrating that the King is a powerful piece in the endgame.

Krueger realised his King needed to stand on c4 to police the White monarch. But he needed to play 60..Rg1! first increasing the checking distance of his Rook. Then 61 a5 (61 Kb3 Rb1+) 61..Kc4 62 Kb2 Rg2+ 63 Ka3 Rg1 could follow. Instead, after 60..Kc4? the White King turned tail: 61 Kd2! Kd4 62 Ke2 coming around the f-pawn and simplifying to a won R&P vs R ending.

The drama, however, did not end there.

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Vidmar can force a win because the Black King is cut off along the 5th rank: 68 Rg5 Rf8+ 69 Kg4 Rf7 70 f4 Rf8 71 Rg6 Kd5 72 f5 +-

But White played 68 Rf6? handing Black a chance to attack the pawn from the rear: 68..Kd3 69 Kf5 Kd4 70 f4 Ke3! =

Jan-29-21  Stolzenberg: 15. ... Re8 = Marshall vs Capablanca, New York 1909 (match, round 3)
Mar-11-21  Stolzenberg: Here it is: Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909

<woldsmandriffield> Btw, the position after 67. ... Rg8 (see above, 2nd diagram) appeared at the game Tigran L. Petrosian vs Sergey Kasparov, Bhubaneswar / India 2011. White continued with 68. Rf7 and won 11 moves later. Unfortunately, it is not in this database.

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