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Kiril Georgiev vs Sergey Erenburg
Gibraltar Masters (2005), La Caleta GIB, rd 10, Feb-03
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: White's simple endgame double attack 52. Rc7! forces Black's resignation after a hard fought game.
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  patzer2: White's superior familiarity with the heavy artillery (Queen and Rook endings) seems to be the difference in this game.

Black misses a couple of chances to hold late in the game:

Instead of 39...Rb8?, Black might have held on after 39...Kf7!? 40.Re4 Qd6 41.Ra1 c5 42.Rd1 Qc7 43.Qc4+ Kg7 44.Re8 Qf7 45.Qxc5 Rbxa6 46.Qd4+ Rf6 47.Rde1 b3 48.R1e6 Rb7 49.Qb2 Kh6 50.Qxf6 Qxf6 51.Rxf6 b2 52.Re1 b1Q 53.Rxb1 Rxb1+ 54.Kh2 Kg7 .

Instead of 42...Rba8?, Black should have tried 42...Rf8 43.Rb6 Raf7 44.f3 Rf6 45.Rxf6 Rxf6 46.a7 Rf8 47.Rc7 Qd4+ 48.Kh1 b2 49.Rb7 b1Q+ 50.Rxb1 Qxa7±, with good practical drawing chances.

Georgiev seems to win consistently over the under 2600 rated players by his superior knowledge of Queen and Rook middlegames and endgames. The heavy artillery can make for boring study, but apparently mastry of those skills is money in the bank for the big boys.

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  patzer2: Notice how the focus of White's strategic long range plan is the creation and pushing of the passed Queen Rook (a-file) Pawn. Black's focus is on trying to stop it, but White's tactical threats and endgame play are just too strong for Black to prevent the obvious.

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