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Robert Henry Steinmeyer vs Jack Spence
61st US Open (1960), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 3, Aug-10
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Misc. with 5.Nf3 (D73)  ·  1-0



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  fredthebear: Pawn endgames on the same wing as the kings can often be drawn, even if one side has an extra pawn as is the case here.

Initially (hastily), I thought Black's king retreat on the 50th move was a mistake, but it does not matter. At that point, all the White king needs to do is round up Black's passed h-pawn because his two passed pawns can maintain and protect themselves by advancing at the proper time as they do in this game. (If the lone Black king threatens to capture one White pawn, advance the other White pawn.) White conducts a proper, instructive finish.

Perhaps it was Black's 46...BxN that was the mistake. The exchange gave White the central passer crucial to his successful finish. Black can draw the game by trading three Black pawns for three White pawns and sacrificing the bishop for the fourth and final White pawn. Under that scenario, White would be left with an extra knight, but that is insufficient mating material.

Play this position (after 46.g4) out with your sparring partner and see if you can draw w/Black (but avoid trading Bishop for Knight). The old tried-and-true endgame axiom "When behind on material, trade pawns, not pieces" applies here.

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