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The Story of a Rook

"Well", the Ra1 said, " you ask me to tell you my story?" He made a long pause, then he sighed and said: "It`s a long story with many ups and downs. I have played on all chessboards of the world, at least I had been part of the teams" He made another pause.

"To make a long story short", he continued, " there are some games I remember very well. For example in 1973, when I played in the team of Karpov. Really, it was a pleasure to act under such a master. And I enjoyed the role I had to play ...!"


 


"So, do you know what I mean?" he asked. Then he shook his head with disagreement:  "Often players play a mate attack and forget me on a1.  I shout and say: Please let me help. But the players do not listen. And at the end ... a painful defeat. But here, Master Karpov brought me together with my brother to the seventh row ..., and Victory!"  He smiled brightly and leaned back, closed his eyes and was lost in deep nostalgy.

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  • 21 months ago

    Sith_Nazgul

    Cool blog.

  • 22 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    Otherwise 41. Bxg6 and Rxg7 would be decisive

  • 22 months ago

    mark422

    The first game with Karpov and  Uhlmann , why did  Uhlmann  play 40... Rd6? 

  • 22 months ago

    wuhw23

    nice article~!

  • 22 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    Here an added example of Smyslov, also an expert for skillful positional play. Sacrifying a pawn on c5 he managed to place his both heavy pieces on the second row


     

    So, the Ra8 has also to tell some stories :-)

  • 22 months ago

    Heinrich_24

     "Mauer, your diagram is messed up. The pawn is on g6, not g7."

    You mean on g5 instead of g6? I have tried to show the position after the logical follow-up

    The end position is that:


     
     

    But after the logical Rd8 (hindering a possible mate on ground row after removing of Be8 ) and g6 it would be this position :

     
     

    This would be a mate net with not much  hope for Black king to get out of it

     

     
  • 22 months ago

    Yereslov

    Mauer, your diagram is messed up. The pawn is on g6, not g7.

  • 22 months ago

    F22Raptor

    Very nice game from Karpov.   

  • 22 months ago

    DENVERHIGH

    42. . . .    RD8   Was not shown on the moves made.

    This is more like and "IF" ending.  They must have thought about it like my cat.

  • 22 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    Okay, that`s a good question! First,there is no perpetual check for Black. The white King can escape to b3. On the other hand White would threaten mate in one without the Be8.

    So, Black could give some check or not, but his rook seems to have come back to d8. But then the g-pawn can move forward. Black`s King surely would be in a mate net

    (By the way, a nice picture of the thinking cat:-)


  • 22 months ago

    DENVERHIGH

                      I don't get how he wins on the board.

                     I know that black resigned. Nice game . .

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