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Erwin L'Ami vs Loek van Wely
"Perpetual Rook" (game of the day Nov-29-2021)
3rd Remco Heite GM (2010), Wolvega NED, rd 2, Nov-27
Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation (D16)  ·  1-0

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Oct-17-11  muratski: very nice game by L'ami!!
Oct-17-11  sevenseaman: L'Ami could have been further stretched with 58...Rb6+.
Sep-20-19  SuperPatzer77: < sevenseaman: L'Ami could have been further stretched with 58...Rb6+.>

59. Rxb6 Kxg7 and White’s up one rook after avoiding stalemate successfully. White wins

Nov-29-21  syracrophy: More than a quarter of the game was for escaping from the Rook checks!
Nov-29-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Amusing game. Especially liked how White's King curled around both the b2 and g2 pawns.
Nov-29-21  newzild: Fun game. Is this a record for most consecutive rook checks?
Nov-29-21
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  Teyss: Interesting and fun game, good pun. On move 38 Black is one pawn down, the Rg8 is tied to the defence of g7 and the Rd2 is useless. White threatens to take the a5 and d5 Ps so van Wely tries a swindle. But L'Ami understood the ploy and saw further.


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Here not 41.Kg1? Rxg2+ 42.Kf1 or Kh1 (Rxg2? draw) Rf2+ or Rh2+ (Rxg7? 43.Rxg7 Kxg7 44.b4 wins) and White cannot escape perpetual.

White wants to keep the g2 P in order to go around it and reach the key square b5 where the BR will not be able to check any more. So the King lures the Rook to the third row through a2 and b3.


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Follow me on a little round trip.


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Back to starting point except the R is now on f3 instead of f2 and the WK can move around the g2 P. Very well played.

Nov-29-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: That was fun and different. Thanks!
Nov-29-21
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  sleepyirv: Move 41 and beyond looks like a very amusing study, and as <An Englishman> pointed out, particularly with the White King having to march over to the b-pawn to circle it just to march back over to the g pawn to play ring around the rosie. Having it happen in an actual game is all the better. A great find for the GOTD.
Nov-29-21  morphynoman2: Wonderful! Excellent choice for "game of the day".
Nov-29-21  YoungEd: I never would have found that b5 as the correct square for the king at the end! Fun game!
Nov-29-21  Ironmanth: Freaking amazing game, especially in the endgame portion. Thanks so much for this, chessgames! Y'all have a great week, and stay safe out there.
Nov-29-21
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  RoseMei: Yes, I see my game of the day. I submitted it a long time ago. I saw this game in Aagaard's Endgame Play book.
Nov-30-21  newzild: Added to my Game Collection: The Best Games You've Never Heard Of.
Nov-30-21  goodevans: What an incredible ending!

Van Wely's R-sac would have worked if L'Ami had taken on g7 with the other R. After <39.Rbxg7 Rf1+> White can't accept the sac because Black will just keep checking on White's second rank...


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... and after <40.Kh2> Black can sac the other R!

<40...Rxg2+!>


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Now...

<41.Kxg2 Rg1+> leads to perpetual;

<41.Kh3 Rh1+ 42.Kxg2 Rg1> is the same;

<41.Rxg2 Rh1+ 42.Kg3 Kxg7> leaves Black just a pawn down in a R+P endgame.

May-12-22  Saniyat24: The kind White King thwarted the suicide attempts of the black Rook...! :P

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