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This is probably the hardest fouhgt game I have played. A friend asked for a post without annotations so this is it.
Ruy Lopez: Old Steinitz Variation at 14 days per move.
Good game, Although, I think black could have gotten a draw pretty easily. Black's king position in that ending was much stronger than yours. instead of h6, black would have been better to play h5. Good game though. Nice job.
61... Kh7 draws, according to Nalimov.
yes it does. This was a tough one for me.
Some moves for thought. 10...b5 18.Rc1 30...Qf7 and I think 57...Ke6 may have drawn or at lease provided better resistance.
Game duration in days?
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10.... b5 was one idea I was dreading as the Queenside advance in this line is somewhat tricky for White to answer unless he has studied the lines a bit.
18. Rc1 seemed a bit murky when I looked at it but is playable.
30... Qf7 was overlooked but that would not be pleseant after sliding the Rook over to cover.
Giving White opposition is not too good here on moe 57.
Actually (again according to Nalimov) Black draws with anything on move 57!
I wish I had access to tablebases. So much easier to digest than Dvoretsky.
Why don't you?
EDIT: didn't realise was an ongoing game.
The ending was put into conditional moves assuming the inferior side plays to keep to the center as much as possible. The ensuing result should be complete soon.
probably a hard win since the game was dead drawn..
From move 56 to 64, I was a bit surprised that my opponent had not played to a drawing line after the forward trebuchet offering but in the end, I was able to eke it out but in all honesty, I still have a headache from all the calculating with the Queens still on the board.
White was playing awesome until 49 Qxd6?? That takes the position from a decisive victory to a drawn position, and then black blunders the draw away.
any alternate moves to Qxd6?
Qg8 with threats against the black king. Anything that doesn't give up the queen for a bishop should be OK.
ah yes i didn't see the other queen was protecting f2
As Lloyd Bridges said in Airplane 2:
Looks like I picked a bad day to give up studying a bit deeper.
great insights guys.
@ blasterdragon, your pawn ending isn't a draw your 63. Ke5?? turns it into one. the obvious Kf5 creates zuzwang immediately and black loses
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