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German Fridstein vs Anatoly Lutikov
2nd Soviet Team Cup (1954), Riga URS, rd 2, Sep-05
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Main Line (E69)  ·  0-1



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Dec-28-06  aazqua: What a botch job by white. Kh2? Ra1? Loser.
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  Peligroso Patzer: I am surprised that no one has previously commented regarding the point for which this game is most notorious: that White resigned in a drawn position!

In the final position, White presumably only considered 60.♖xb3?, a blunder that loses, for example: 60...c2 61.♖b4+ ♔d5 [NOT 61...♔c5? 62.♖b8=] 62.♖b5+ ♔d6 63.♖b6+ ♔c7, and White has no way to prolong his resistance ( ).

As pointed out in various sources, however, including Dvoretsky, Mark, “Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual”, 2nd Edition (Russell Enterprises, Inc., ©2006), p. 140 (Diagram 8-25), where this ending is cited as a “tragicomedy”, the intermediate check 60. ♖b4+ would have held the draw, i.e., 60.♖b4+! ♔d3 (or 60...♔d5 61.♖xb3 ♔c4= [BUT NOT 61. ... c2?? 62.♖c3 ]) 61.♖xb3 with the pin on the rank leaving Black no way to avoid 62. ♖xc3(+) eliminating Black's last pawn and securing the draw.

Nov-06-07  kevin86: White in fact,as mentioned,has a way to avoid the famous Rook vs Pawn ending by throwing an intermezzo check at b4-before taking the pawn at b3. Either black must allow the pawn to be pinned or the king to be chased away to allow Rc3 or Rc1 stopping the pawn before the pawn can advance to d2
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  Peligroso Patzer: Compare: Topalov vs Beliavsky, 1995, where Topalov won with <72. Kb6!>, avoiding <72. b6? Ra5+! =>.
Jul-21-12  master of defence: Yeah, 60.Rb4+ followed by 61.Rxb3 it´s a draw, but black overlooked the winning move 59...Kc3! instead of 59...c3. Or white has a line for draw?
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  Sastre: If 59...Kc3, White can still draw with 60.Kf3 Kb2 (60...b2 61.Ke3 Kc2 62.Kd4 c3 63.Kc4 Kd2 64.Kd4 c2 65.Rxb2 Kd1 66.Rxc2) 61.Ke3 c3 62.Rc8 c2 63.Kd2.
Aug-21-12  vinidivici: OOOOPS HURTS!!!!

60.Rb4+ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Nov-25-14  sfm: Tablebases confirm, that it is drawn after 57.Rxf8. White played correct since then, until resigning.

This is a good place to notify about (for those who don't know it yet):

Oct-16-15  Mating Net: White threw away the draw.

As was pointed out previously, 60.Rb4+ and White can stop both pawns.

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