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Alexey Shirov vs Alexander Areshchenko
Aerosvit GM Tournament (2006), Foros UKR, rd 10, Jun-27
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jun-27-06
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  Sneaky: Always a fun way for the game to end: one GM gives another a pop-quiz on the subject of distant opposition.
Jun-28-06  Akavall: Instead of 52. c5? Shirov should've played 52. Qa3+ and white is playing for the win.

Also, Black could've won on their 66th move:


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66...Rc3+! 67. Kd4 Qd2+ 68. Bd3 Rc4+ 69. Kxc4 Qb4+ 70. Kd5 Qc5#

Jun-28-06  square dance: <one GM gives another a pop-quiz on the subject of distant opposition.> well, virtual opposition as well. but the opposition in general and the rule of the square govern this ending.
Jun-28-06
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  suenteus po 147: <Akavall> What if, in your line for black, white responded with 67.Kf4?
Jun-28-06  Kangaroo: <<suenteus po 147>: <Akavall> What if, in your line for black, white responded with 67.Kf4?>

The answer would have been much easier:

<IF <66...Rc3+! 67. Kf4> THEN <67 ... Qg3+ 68. Kf5 <unique!> Rc5 +>

Jun-28-06  Mendrys: According to Mig 76. Kd4! is the only way to draw for white. All other moves lose. I am trying to work this out for myself but I am having difficulty because my endgame technique is terrible. 76 K?6 loses immediately of course as the pawn gets away. After 76. Ke4 is black's best reply 76...Kg6 ? If black is able to obtain the opposition white will lose but I haven't worked it out how to convert it to a win.
Dec-26-09  waddayaplay: 76.♔e4 ♔g6

77.♔f4 ♔f6 78. ♔e4 ♔e6 79. ♔d4 ♔d6 80. ♔c4 ♔e5 and the b-pawn will fall

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77.♔e5 77... ♔g7 78. ♔f5 ♔f7 79. ♔e5 ♔e7 80. ♔d5 ♔d7 81. ♔c4 ♔e6 82. ♔d4 ♔d6 83. ♔c4 ♔e5 same position


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