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Emil Sutovsky vs Levan Pantsulaia
European Championship (2008), Plovdiv BUL, rd 5, Apr-25
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Apr-27-08  notyetagm: Position after 31 ... f7-f5!

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<slomarko: kinda funny i too thought Sutovsky was losing. must be some optical illusion.>

I am just amazed at how much I -completely- misunderstood this endgame position: I thought Black was winning easily, that 31 ... f7-f5! fixing the White e3- and g3-pawns on dark squares for the dark-squared Black bishop, was the winning move -for- -Black-.

Position after 50 ♔c2-d3 1-0

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A better example of the <POWERFUL PASSED PAWNS> you will be very hard-pressed to find.

Apr-27-08  notyetagm: The most amazing endgame I have seen all year, bar none. An incredible job by Sutovsky.

Apr-27-08  notyetagm: <malthrope: Re: 'Sutovsky-Pantsulaia' - Round #5

Yes that was fantastic! :) You know there's gonna be <Endgame Magic> when a Bishop has to baby sit two potential passed pawns on opposite flanks! ~lol~ The move Nf2 was the key (Ng4 being the killer guarding both f6 and e5).>

Position after 49 ♘d3-f2!

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And like <malthrope> said, the threat of ♘f2-g4 denies both the e5- and f6-squares from the dark-squared Black d8-bishop, after which Black cannot prevent the promotion of the White h6-passer. Stupendous endgame and tactical play by Sutovsky.

I think that almost -all- of Sutovsky's moves after about move 31 deserve an exclamation point. One of the best endgames I have ever seen.

Gorgeous endgame play by Sutovsky.

Apr-27-08  Gilmoy: 48..Kxc6?? 49.Ne5+ and 50.Ng4.

43..Kxf2?? 44.g6 Be5 45.b5 and the B is overworked. Put on your white shoes and dance the blacks.

Apr-27-08  Libispusher: A gem of an endgame by white and his mighty knight.
Apr-27-08  euripides: <48..Kxc6?? 49.Ne5+ and 50.Ng4>. Yes. There's another pretty point: 48...Kc6 49.Ne5+ Kd5 50. Ng4 Bb6 (threatening Bd4) 51.Nf6+! blocking the diagonal (not 51.h7 Bd4). Black would like to avoid this check but has no good square for his king. 49...Kc5 blocks the bishop and 49...Kb5 allows 50.Ng4 Bb6 51.Kd3 impeding the bishop. Finally 49...Kc7 allows Nf7+.
Feb-04-10  patzer3844: why doesnt black take the nf2 on move 43?i know that then white has very good chances with the queenside pawns but is it that forced to decline thesacrifice?
Feb-04-10  zanshin: <patzer3844: why doesnt black take the nf2 on move 43?>

It looks like <43.hxg5> is the lesser of two evils.

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[+2.84] d=22 43...hxg5 44.Nd3 e5 45.h6 e4 46.Ne1 Kf4 47.h7 Be5 48.b5 Kf5 49.c6 bxc6 50.bxc6 Ke6 51.Kd2 g4 52.Ke3 Kd6 53.Kxe4 Bc3 54.Nd3 g3 55.Nf4 Kxc6 56.Ne2 g2 57.Nxc3 g1Q 58.h8Q Qe1 59.Kd3 Qf1 60.Kc2 Qf5 61.Kb2 Qf2 62.Ka1 (0:03.21) 851153kN

[+10.74] d=21 43...Kxf2 44.gxh6 Be5 45.h7 a6 46.a4 Kf3 47.b5 axb5 48.axb5 Kg4 49.c6 bxc6 50.bxc6 Kxh5 51.c7 Bxc7 52.h8Q Kg6 53.Qg8 Kf6 54.Qf8 Kg6 55.Qc8 Be5 56.Qxe6 Bf6 57.Kd2 Kg7 58.Ke3 Kg6 59.Ke4 Kg7 60.Kf5 Ba1 61.Qd5 Kf8 62.Qa8 Ke7 63.Qxa1 Kd6 64.Qd4 Kc6 (0:03.21) 851153kN

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  GrahamClayton: Wow - Sutovsky is like a magician pulling a rabbit out of his hat!
Dec-16-13  nummerzwei: It seems like Black had a relatively clean-cut way to draw with 36...Bc7 37.Nc3 (to me this looked strange, but otherwise the knight is stuck) Bxg3 38.Nxe4 Bd6

Now transposing to a pawn ending does not win, but in the minor-piece ending White cannot do a great deal either.

Nov-01-18  bkpov: What happens after 36....Bf2 for black
Nov-01-18  Nerwal: <What happens after 36....Bf2 for black>

It seems 36... ♗f2 is not as good as 36... ♗c7 because after 37. g4 ♔e7 38. ♘c3 e3 39. ♔c2 ♔f6 40. ♘e4+ ♔e5 41. ♔d3 Black doesn't have 41... e2 as with 36... ♗c7 because the bishop is hanging on f2 after 42. ♔xe2 and the pawn endgame is lost despite the centralized king.

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