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Niclas Huschenbeth vs Robin Swinkels
Bundesliga (2007/08), Godesberg GER, rd 9, Feb-10
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-02-08  Endangered71: 31...Kg7?? Doesn't 31...Kf8 win? Maybe there was time crunch at the end.
Oct-02-08  Ezzy: <Endangered71:> White can still force a draw with a nice underpromotion to a knight. 31...Kf8 32 Rbe1 33 Qe5+ Kh7 34 f8N+ Rxf8 35 Qc7+ etc
Oct-02-08  Endangered71: <Ezzy:> I am assuming you meant for Black to move 32...Kg7 in your line. I missed Rbe1, after that it does end up similar to the game without the perpetual.

Looking at the game again, does 30...fxe6 serve Black better? 31. Qxe6+ Kg7 32. Qd7+ Rf7 33. Qd4+ Kh7 34. Qc4 (or Qd5) to prevent mate 34...Rxf4 which then allows the king to hide on h6. 35. Qc7+ Kg8 36. Qc8+ Rf8 37. Qc4+ Kg7 38. Qc7+ Kh6 (or 36. Qd8+ Kg7 37. Qd7+ Kh6) If 37. ...Rf7 38. Qe5+ Kh7 39. Qd5 (or Qe6) Rfb7 40. Rbf1 Rg7 then what? If 41. gxh5 Rxc2 42. hxg6+ Kh6 43. Rb1... Lots of different possiblities. :)

Oct-02-08  Ezzy: [White "Niklas Huschenbeth"]
[Black "Robin Swinkels"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B67"]
[WhiteElo "2437"]
[BlackElo "2427"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f3 Be7 10. Be3 <This is the current position in the Arno Nickel v The World being played at Chessgames,com at the moment. Amazing. I only just realised that.> h5 < And this has the majority vote at the moment for the next move.> 11. Kb1 Qc7 12. Nxc6 Bxc6 < Novelty. Leko v Morozevich world championship Mexico 2007 went 12...bxc6.> 13. Ne2 d5 14. e5 Nd7 <(14... Qxe5 15. Bf4 Qf5 16. Nd4 Qh7 17. Nxc6 bxc6 18. Bd3 g6 19. Qc3 c5 20. Be5 Qg7 21. g4 g5 and white has the initiative and ample compensation for the pawn.)> 15. f4 Bb5 16. g3 g6 17. Bg2 Bxe2 18. Qxe2 b5 19. h3 Bc5 20. Bxc5 Qxc5 21. g4 Nb6 22. b3 Rb8 23. Qd2 Nc4 < A brave sacrifice. Black must have seen A mating attack , but white also has possibilties if black goes wrong. A real cut and thrust game.>24. bxc4 bxc4+ 25. Ka1 c3 26. Qd4 Qa3 < This was the chance for black to go for the win. (26... Rb1+! 27. Rxb1 Qxd4 28. Rb8+ Kd7 29. Rxh8 Qf2 30. Bxd5 (30. Rc1 Qxg2 31. Rh7 Qxh3 32. Rxf7+ Kc6 33. gxh5 gxh5 and I would rather be black) 30... exd5 31. Rc1 Qxf4 and black is eating pawns and looks the one to be going for the win.)> 27. Rb1 Rb2 28. Bxd5 exd5 29. Qxd5 O-O <black now threatens 30...Rfb8 winning so he has probably already calculated that he can get the perpetual.> 30. e6 Rfb8 <(30... fxe6? 31. Qxe6+ Kg7 32. Rhd1! (Threat is mate in 4) Rf7 33. f5 White is the one pressing for a win here. gxf5 34. gxf5 threatening mate in 6 starting with 35 Rg1+ Kf8 36 Qc8+ Ke7 37 Rbe1+ Kd6 38 Re6+ Kd5 39 Rd1 mate.)> 31. exf7+ Kg7 <(31... Kf8 32. Rbe1 Kg7 33. Qe5+ Kh7 34. f8=N+ Rxf8 35. Qc7+ Is also perpetual.)> 32. Qe5+ Kh7 33. f8=N+ Rxf8 34. Qc7+ Kh8 35. Qe5+ Kh7 36. Qc7+ 1/2-1/2

So it seems black missed a chance on move 26. A good game when at some points each side was only a tempo away from a win.

Oct-10-08  beginner64: Brrr - neat escape by white on move 28. Seemed like curtains to me for white.

Though it is a sharp game on both sides, but overall, it is white that has snatched the draw.

Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: f8N+!!! what a move
Mar-11-09  WhiteRook48: forcing moves.

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