Carlsen R+B vs. Svidler R

AnthonyCG

A rare endgame.

AndyClifton

I actually got that ending in my 13th USCF game!--against an expert (couldn't hold it though). Frown

finalunpurez

Amazing defense. I would have crumbled under that time control. :(

AnthonyCG

Yeah it seemed to come out of nowhere.

finalunpurez

If carlsen was playing black, maybe he can do the impossible and defend the position under that pressure?

JG27Pyth

Difficult to defend? I guess. But It's damn hard to get the mate too -- try it against an engine giving yourself all the time in the world! 

Until this video if I'd gotten that ending with my R+B against R and my opponent extended his hand like, "everyone knows this is a draw" -- I'd have accepted the offer! 

Johnegregory

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AndyClifton

Uh...yeah sure (whatever you say).

mvtjc

I would be happy to see Capablanca play that position , I bet he's gonna win whatever color he is in like 8 movesLaughing(I'm obviously exaggerating but you get my point)

AndyClifton

According to wikipedia:

Computer endgame tablebases show that 40.1% of the legal positions with this material are wins, but that includes many unnatural positions that are unlikely to occur in games. Edmar Mednis estimated that less than 4% of starting positions that occur in games are theoretical wins.

ViktorHNielsen

I guess. With wrong defence and attack, everything should be drawn.

waffllemaster

This shoudln't be difficult to draw (at least for professional players) once they reach that defensive setup.  I suspect the only reason he lost was time pressure.  In fact I think losses like this should be a bit embarrassing... akin to a top player failing to preform the bishop+knight mate.

Yes the win can be difficult if you haven't ever practiced it, but the pattern contains very few sidelines, so again once a professional reaches the wining position I would expect it to be easy... I mean compared to other technical endgames these aren't on the difficult end of the spectrum.