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Babu M R Lalith vs Anish Giri
Dutch Open (2009), Dieren NED, rd 9, Jul-30
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Bled Attack (D17)  ·  0-1



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Jul-31-09  Valmy: I don't like Queen endings, too long too tricky
Aug-07-09  Veryrusty: The endgame that starts on Move 45 is a really interesting example of exploting the exposed King to turn a material deficit into a win. From 45-53 Black gains clock time without changing the position. 53. ... h4 inaugurates a sequence where Black wins both White a pawns, giving him both the safer King and the outside passed Pawn. Moves 58-65 walk the Black Queen over to protect the now-exposed Black King, and enable the a Pawn to advance. Another long Queen check sequence garners a4 but allows White time to create his own threats via h6. So Black converts the outside a Pawn into a 2-on-1 advantage on the Kingside (move 94), the significance of which is that all Queen-exchanged endings are won for Black. Eventually White's h4 Pawn falls off, and then it's only a matter of keeping the Black herd together (King, Queen, two Pawns) so that White can't get an open perpetual. I couldn't *do* all that, but I can appreciate it.
Mar-29-16  QueensideCastler: After 94. ♕xa4 black mates in 34, starting with 94...♚h5 according Lomonosov Tablebases.

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