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Vitaly Tseshkovsky vs Alexander Morozevich
Russian Championship Superfinal (2004), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Nov-17
Scotch Game: Classical. Intermezzo Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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Nov-17-04  mynameisrandy: The finale is very very pretty. I see a future endgame themed or stalemate themed puzzle here.
Nov-17-04  molinov: What happened after 51....Rc7?. If white played 52.Rd8+ Kh7 53.e8=Q Nxe8 54.Rxd8 Kxh3. By the way: what does theory say about the rook and bishop versus rook endgame (situation that differs from the line I gave since there were still pawn on the board)?.
Nov-17-04  RisingChamp: Molinov Rc7??52 Rxf6 wins.
Nov-17-04  molinov: I saw that: 52.... Rxe7. I know it's terrible but I think he could have tried it
Nov-18-04  Dionyseus: Black can't play Rxe7 because that would expose the black king to check.

As for Rook & Bishop vs Rook, it is draw.

Nov-18-04  checkpat: Silly question #1: what about 8 Rxg7
if Ng6 then Bc4
Nov-18-04  acirce: <checkpat> 9.Rxg7 Ng6 10.Bc4 d5 11.exd5 Bd4 12.Rxg6 hxg6 (important to open the h-line, ..fxg6 is much worse)
Nov-18-04  checkpat: Thanks acirce! I just did not see the
B move...
Nov-18-04  familyguy: acirce i looked at the line 52... hxg 53 bh5 knxb 54 rxr kf7 and i think there is at least 85% chance of being drawn
Nov-18-04  acirce: <familyguy> Well, White needs to be careful, that's for sure. For example 55.Rc8 Kxe7 56.Kf3 Kd6 57.Rxc4 Ke5 58.Rc5+ Kd4 59.Ra5 Nf6 60.Kf4 Nh5+ 61.Kg4 Nf6+ 62.Kh4 Ke4 may draw (?) but the natural 56.Rc6! looks winning

56..Nf6 57.Kf3 and I don't see either the remaining f-pawn being in danger or any kind of positional draw

Do you?

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  Fusilli: Just in case anyone wonders: if 23.Nxe4 Nf5 24.Rd3 Re8. Hence, 23.Bg4.
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  Fusilli: After 52...gxh6 53.Bh5 Nxh5 54.Rxe8+ Kf7 (<familyguy>), 55.Rc8 Kxe7 and <the natural 56.Rc6! looks winning (<acirce>)>

Then Black has 56...c3! 57.Rxh6 (if 57.Rxc3 Kf6, ...Ng7, ...Nxf5) c2 58. Rc6 c1=Q 59.Rxc1 Kf6, followed by Ng7 and Nxf5, drawing. Right?

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