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Sabino Brunello vs Eltaj Safarli
Reggio Emilia (2009), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 1, Dec-28
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation (D76)  ·  0-1



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Dec-30-09  dx9293: A VERY instructive bishop ending! I have learned much from it.
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  HeMateMe: Looks like white gave away the draw by trying to create some sort of finese, maybe he thought his Bishop would get behind blacks pawns, or he would get king penetraton. 39. g4 loses a pawn and the game.
Dec-30-09  sofouuk: <HeMateMe> white did not 'give away the draw', he was clearly losing (-1.72, according to fruit) at the point when g4 was played. the problem is that black is about to play Bb4 followed by Be1, winning the g-pawn anyway, and white cannot prevent this by keeping his bishop permanently on f2 because the only other piece that can move is his king, and that needs to stay where it is to keep white's king at bay. the only realistic alternative to playing a move as obviously desperate as 39 g4 was to resign immediately, and there are no prizes for doing that
Dec-31-09  einneu: I think white's mistake is 31.Kc4.
31.e4 seems much better
Dec-31-09  piteira8: [einneu:I think white's mistake is 31.Kc4.
31.e4 seems much better]
Jan-01-10  champsylove: A very instructive bishop end game, the number of times I have lost these through one inprecision.

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