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Israel Zilber vs Yasser Seirawan
Hastings (1979/80), Hastings ENG, rd 6, Jan-03
Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (A40)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-25-09  Andrijadj: This surely looks like one of the most exciting games ever,at a first glance...Still,blunder check first,and then careful analysis has to be done.
Jun-25-09  Bryce101: great game
Jun-25-09  AnalyzeThis: It seems surreal.... playing over this, I didn't have the slightest idea what was going on until the endgame.
Jan-17-10  elohah: Quite a fascinating encounter, with
the Zilb-meister running into a
player who is himself a coffee-house
player par EXCELLENCE!

Zilber did miss a win.

28 Zilber has sacced an exchange, but
has compensation in the choking f6-
knight, plus his positional threat
with a5 - axb6, to weaken Black's
pawns. So Black's next move is
probably the best he has.

Jan-17-10  elohah: 45 Over-exuberant. Needed here is
some Bobby-like accuracy, that will
spank Yaz with authority:

45 Rd3! (threat: b7) The dogs first:

45...Re3? 46 Rxe3 Rxe3 47 b7 Re8
48 Bc7 f5 49 gf gf 50 Kxc5 f4
51 Bxf4

45...R5e7? 46 Kxc5 Re5+ 47 Rd5
Rc8+ 48 Kd6! Re6+ 49 Kd7 Ree8
50 b7 Rb8 51 Rb5! NEXT!

45...Rb8 (forced)
46 Rd7! (now right.) 'Chess is a
matter of timing' - Bobby

46 ... Re3
47 b7 Rxb7 (forced)
48 Rxb7 Rxh3
49 Rb8+
(49 Bc3 is not better; ...f5!)
... Kg7
50 Bc3+ f6
51 Rb7+ Kf8
52 Bxf6 Rg3
53 Kxc5 Rxg4
54 Bg7+ Ke8
55 Bxh6

Jan-17-10  elohah: 46 ?? Finally tossing the win.
Still right (and winning) is 46 Rd3!
R8e4+ (now just losing time) 47 Kc3
Rxd3+ 48 Kxd3 Re7 49 Kc4 etc.

46...! Nailing the b3-candidate (the
unlikely candidate!) secures the draw.

We're tossing you out of the park,
Yaz, for this final bit of coffee-
house punking.

50...! Thanx, Yaz. The future
Grandmaster, showing the accurate
technique that escaped Zilber.

Jan-19-10  elohah: Sigh... 45...Rb8 is also a dog.

I am enraged to find that b7 is not
really a threat, since ...R5e7! nails

45... f5!
46 gf gf
47 Rd5
is a last try.

... Re3!

Back again. There just is no way
to stop Black from getting the
b3-candidate, and once that goes,
even thru exchange, White's winning
chances evaporate. Btw, at least
47...f4? is a mistake: 48 Rxe5 Rxe5
49 b7 Re8 50 Kxc5! f3 51 Be1!! wins.

48 Rxf5 (48 b4 cb is simply the
game continuation)
... R8e4+
49 Kd5 Re7!

White can stay on this rook
(50 Kd6) - Black will just check
along the ranks, and when the WK
finally gets tired of this, then
the b3 pawn drops to the other rook.
Going to h5 with White's rook, and
attempting to protect h3 is a non-
starter. The rook can not be main-
tained on h5 - the BK will force it
to bend by coming up with ...Kg7-
...Kg6, and the last candidate will

Jan-21-10  elohah: "Bobby got shafted." -Yaz
Oct-21-15  Retireborn: John Nunn in his book "Tactical Chess Endings" mentions that 53.g5! giving away the last pawn wins for White, because the black king is imprisoned and he has to lose his rook. Amazing but true!
Oct-21-15  Tiggler: After 53.g5 hxg5 54.Bc3 Rxc3 55.Rxc3

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Tablebase says black loses in 28.

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