Can black draw (or win?) this Gruenfeld endgame?

  • #1

    I won a piece, but lost the game. Any plans for drawing or winning this game?

  • #2

    Technically Black is better after 19...ba6 (pawn up), or maybe even better 19...Nh4+ first, to damage white's pawns. Converting isn't easy, of course.

    Anyway, after keeping the piece white is somewhat better, but the rest of the game is blunderful, both sides involved.

  • #3

    20. ... Nxa2! 21. Kxa2 bxa6

    or

    20. ... Nxa2! 21. axb7 Rb8 22. a4 Kf8! and white king can't move Kf3, so your king should arrive c7 first. I would certainly try this or immediately 20. ... bxa6 21. Kxf3 which leaves black a pawn up.

    EDIT: 20. ... Nxa2! 21. axb7 Rb8 22. Rb1 Kf8!

  • #4

    What about 26...Na5!?

  • #5
    MSC157 yazmış:

    What about 26...Na5!?

    But 27. Rb5 complicates?

  • #6
    RetiFan wrote:

    20. ... Nxa2! 21. Kxa2 bxa6

    or

    20. ... Nxa2! 21. axb7 Rb8 22. a4 Kf8! and white king can't move Kf3, so your king should arrive c7 first. I would certainly try this or immediately 20. ... bxa6 21. Kxf3 which leaves black a pawn up.

    EDIT: 20. ... Nxa2! 21. axb7 Rb8 22. Rb1 Kf8!

    I guess you mean 20...Nxh2, right?

    It looks like a blunder after 21.ab7 Rb8?? 22.Kxh2 and Black can resign (he can't take on b7 because he gets mated)

  • #7

    May I suggest 26...Nd2+ as an improvement?

  • #8

    23...e5! and the hell did you think not to play Nd2+ as suggested?! Probably you didn't see this plus because a5, Nxb1, a6 - white is winning.

    Still incredible game!

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