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Arturo Pomar Salamanca vs Jordi Cuadras Avellana
"Connect Four" (game of the day Nov-11-2012)
Olot (1974), Olot ESP, rd 4, Mar-20
Gruenfeld Defense: Brinckmann Attack. Grünfeld Gambit Capablanca Variation (D83)  ·  0-1



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Aug-25-05  avidfan: No one has discussed what was White's best plan/move after 37...h5, the start of the ♔ and ♙ endgame. Critical positional factors such as the opposition and zugzwang need consideration.

38.Kd4 Kg7 39.Kd5 Kg6 40.f3 exf3 41.e4 fxe4 42.Kxe4 and the King is inside the "square" if 42...h4 43.gxh4 gxh4 44.f4 Kh5 45.Kf3 h3 46.f5 , draw.

Jan-11-06  JCuadras: Very interesting all yours comments !
I remember this old game, played for me in Olot ( Spain ) Bye
Aug-18-06  avidfan: Should be 41.exf3 h4 42.gxh4 gxh4 43.Kf4 draw.

41...g4 42.fxg4 fxg4 43.Kf4 Kf6 44.e4 Kg6 45.e5 Kf7 46.Kg5 Ke6 47.Kxh5 Kxe5 48.Kxg4 Kf6 = (46.Kf5 h4 47.Kxg4 [not 47.gxh4 g3 wins] 47...hxg3 48.Kxg3 = )

42...hxg4 43.Kf4 Kf6 44.e4 fxe4 45.Kxe4 Kg5 46.Ke5 wins the pawn by 46...Kg6 47.Kf4 Kh5 48.Kf5 Kh6 49.Kxg4 Kg6 50.Kf4 Kf6 51.g4 Kg6 draws unless White gets the opposition at g6 with pawn at g5.

Aug-18-06  AniamL: What's wrong with 35.c6?
Aug-23-12  master of defence: What´s wrong with 43.exf4?
Oct-22-12  JonathanJ: <master of defence>

43. exf4 h4
44. gxh4 g3
45. fxg3 e3

Oct-22-12  JonathanJ: btw: my pun suggestion: Connect Four
Nov-11-12  The Last Straw: <JonathanJ> Success! :-)

I remember reading an endgame manual featuring this game.

In this kind of endgame the queen almost always swipes up everything in its path. However the hardest part in these type of endgames are to get the queen. In this case it required help from white, who made mistakes.

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  Phony Benoni: Very useful endgame, but punwise I think another game is considerably more spectacular:

A Timofeev vs D Khismatullin, 2009

And for the ultimate "Connect Four" experience, nothing beats F J Lee vs H Shoosmith, 1904.

Nov-11-12  The Last Straw: <The Last Straw>The book is called "Understanding Chess Endgames" by John Nunn.
Nov-11-12  The Last Straw: {The position was drawn after 37...h5, as the doubled pawns compensate for black's inactive king. However, white gave up the draw with 42.♔d6? f4! 43.♔d5 h4. By then, he was lost.
Nov-11-12  Blunderdome: M Matto vs A Mossiaguine, 2008
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  Phony Benoni: Game Collection: Pretty Maids All in a Row
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  HeMateMe: <Benoni> Is this similar to a carbon atom needing four covalent bonds, to reach its octet? Why not <Carbon four> as a pun? quarternary pawn?
Nov-11-12  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni>: Timofeev vs Khismatullin is more imposing, but I think I prefer this game for its purity. This was a straight pawn ending, and Black won it (forcibly as far as I can tell) with a series of pawn sacs that are counterintuitive to the point of prohibition.

(It also doesn't hurt that it's a win for my favorite defense against would-be Queen's Gambit players.)

Nov-11-12  Abdel Irada: Until the endgame, incidentally, my wife and I thought the pun had to do with the "Cuadras" in the winner's name.
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  OhioChessFan: <Jan 11 06 JCuadras: Very interesting all yours comments ! >

<JCuadras has kibitzed 1 time to chessgames >

6 years later, GOTD, maybe he'll come back and kibitz again.

Nov-11-12  castagno: thank U jahhaj for your clarification!
Nov-11-12  hellopolgar: i thought the title looked familiar.

A Timofeev vs D Khismatullin, 2009

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  AylerKupp: <avidfan> According to Rybka 4.1 and 5-piece Nalimov tablebases White was fine until 42.Kd6. 42.Kc5, 32.Kd4, and 42.Kc4 all draw. After 42.Kd6 Rybka spotted 42...f4 by d=8 (the earliest search depth displayed), announced mate in 17 by d=18, and faster mates as the search depth increased.

White obviously didn't think that the pawns could force themselves through unassisted and was fixated with maintaining the opposition. A strange oversight by a former child prodigy (master at 13) and first board for Spain at the 1974 Chess Olympiad.

Nov-11-12  tivrfoa: Nice endgame. Goes to my list hehe
Nov-13-12  kevin86: A queen can actually beat eight pawns on the second or third rank. a pawn on a correct file can draw on the seventh,

It depends on location,location,location.

Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 46...h2 is mate in 16
Dec-18-20  Straclonoor: <No one has discussed what was White's best plan/move after 37...h5, the start of the ♔ and ♙ endgame.>

Initially pawn ending drawn.

Analysis by Stockfish 051020:

1. = (0.00): 37...Kg7 38.Kd5 Kf6 39.Kd6 h5 40.Kd5 h4 41.gxh4 gxh4 42.Kd6 f4 43.exf4 Kf5 44.Kd5 Kxf4 45.Kd4 e3 46.fxe3+ Kg3 47.e4 Kxg2 48.e5 h3 49.e6 h2 50.e7 h1Q 51.e8Q Qa1+ 52.Kc4 Qd1 53.Qe4+ Qf3 54.Qe5 Qg4+ 55.Kc3 Qg3+ 56.Qxg3+ Kxg3 57.Kd2 Kg4 58.Ke1 Kf5 59.Kf2 Ke6 60.Ke2 Kd5 61.Kf3 Kc4 62.Ke2

2. = (0.00): 37...Kf7 38.Kd6 Kf6 39.Kd5 h5 40.Kd6 f4 41.exf4 gxf4 42.gxf4 h4 43.f5 Kxf5 44.Kd5 Kf4 45.Kd4 e3 46.fxe3+ Kg3 47.e4 Kxg2 48.e5 h3 49.e6 h2 50.e7 h1Q 51.e8Q Qa1+ 52.Kc4 Qd1 53.Qe4+ Qf3 54.Qe5 Qg4+ 55.Kc3 Qg3+ 56.Qxg3+ Kxg3 57.Kd2 Kg4 58.Ke1 Kf5 59.Kf2 Ke6 60.Ke2 Kd5 61.Kf3 Kc4 62.Ke2 Kc5 63.Kd2 Kd5 64.Kc3 Ke6 65.Kb2 Ke5 66.Kc2 Kd4 67.Kb3 Ke3 68.Kc3 Kf4 69.Kb4 Kg4 70.Ka3 Kh4 71.Kb2 Kg3 72.Kc3

Sep-03-21  doash: 42.Kd6??
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