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Alexey Goganov vs Nikita Vitiugov
Russian Championship Superfinal (2013), Nizhny Novgorod RUS, rd 1, Oct-05
Bogo-Indian Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation (E11)  ·  0-1



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Oct-06-13  moodini: I wonder if white got a little excited as black moved his rook towards a1, only to drop it a square short?
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  whiteshark: "Vitiugov obtained an advantage from the opening, and eventually won a pawn, but Goganov was resilient and he took the game into what was a difficult to win rook endgame. Goganov, who is not even 2600 yet, was close to holding a draw

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but he zugzwanged himself with the move <48.h7??> when the waiting move <48.Kd2> would have held the draw. A very instructive endgame that is worthy of being analyzed."

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  Peligroso Patzer: Interestingly, I had not yet looked at this game from yesterday when I posted a reference to O Bernstein vs Smyslov, 1946 on the tournament page (Russian Superfinals (2013)).

That reference was posted in the context of a discussion of Smyslov’s reputation in the endgame, and I mentioned his 1946 game against Bernstein (with its squandered half-point) as illustrative of Horace’s famous line: “<quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus>”.

At any rate, Goganov’s desperate, last-ditch trap, <59 Ra1!?> (hoping for <59. … Rxa1??> and <1/2-1/2>), involved the same stalemate trick that the 25-year-old Smyslov saw too late.

(Note: Smyslov in the 1946 game did not actually play into a stalemate position, but he saw the idea too late to avoid dropping a pawn, thereby landing in a theoretically drawn position, notwithstanding that he still had one extra pawn.)

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