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This is a blog for chess fans by a chess fan. I enjoy winning as much as anyone else, and I've had a reasonable amount of success as a competitor, but what keeps me coming back to the game is its beauty. And that, primarily, is what this site will be about! All material copyrighted.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

You Aren't Safe Until the Clocks are Stopped

The title is a bit hyperbolic, perhaps, but only a bit! In the latest Chess Today, I came across the game Boris Avrukh-Emil Sutovsky from the ongoing Gibtelecom Masters event in Gibraltar. Both players are very strong grandmasters, and after move 39 the following position occurred:

White: Ke3, Rc4, Ba4, p's a2, d7, f4, g3, h2.
Black: Kg7, Rd6, Bd8, p's a6, f7, g6, h5.

I don't know if White's winning here, but Black's future is likely to consist of a good deal of suffering before achieving a draw - if it's even possible. Ideally, White would like to bring the king to the queenside (preferably c8) without trading rooks, but achieving that isn't going to be easy. Still, White is completely safe, right?

The game continued 40.Bc6 Bb6+ 41.Ke4 f5+ and now White realized that continuing forward with 42.Ke5 allows Bc7, when White is lucky that he's only losing his d7 pawn (the position after 43.Ba4 Rxd7+ 44.Ke6 Rf7 should be a routine draw). Therefore, Avrukh decided to save his d-pawn with 42.Kf3. Sensible...except that after 42...Rd2 it was time to resign, as mate is unavoidable (43.g4 h4 44.gxf5 gxf5 45.Rc5/Rc2/Rd4 Bxc5/Rxc2/Bxd4 46.Any Rf2#).

One expects this sort of thing from online 1-minute chess, but in a non-time trouble situation with strong GMs? Errare humanum est!


  • At 10:38 AM, Blogger Bill Vallicella said…

    Keep this up Dennis -- I mean the last two posts -- and you will have a dynamite blog. I gave you a plug yesterday on my blog and you will be on my sidebar soon. (I'm lazy when it comes to template modification.)

    Also, your writing is good. That's essential. Bloggers as a group are highly literate -- which is part of the explanation of why they blog in the first place.

  • At 6:15 PM, Blogger Dennis Monokroussos said…

    Thanks for the praise, Bill, and when I have a little more time and figure out how to do it, I will almost definitely add a link to your blog as well.


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