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Alexander Grischuk vs Hikaru Nakamura
Airthings Masters (2020/21) (rapid), chess24.com INT, rd 1, Dec-26
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  0-1

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Jan-05-21  offramp: In this position


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White has only one move to draw: 57. b5!

However, a move later Grishuk gives a check.


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The correct response to this is 58...Ke4, not the natural 58...Ke3 that Naka played. After
58...Ke4?
59. Rf6 d3
The saving move was 60. Re6+ (not 60. Kb3 as Grishuk played).


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Play might go
60...Kf2 61.Kb3 Re3 62.Rg6 Ke2 63.Rg1 Kd2 64.Rh1 Ke2=.

Jan-05-21
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  fredthebear: Good explanation <offramp>; your excellent finds and instructional posts continue into the new year. You gave us many nuggets in 2020; far too many went uncommented on.

The useless White rook checks just help advance the Black king to support the passed pawn and control the promotion square. The Black rook is well-placed to interpose on the third rank.

Perhaps White finds the draw with more time.

Jan-06-21  offramp: Many thanks, <fredthebear>, and a very happy new year to you!

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