Friday, November 19, 2004

Alex's notes to Martirosov-Slive Rd. 7 adjournment

Alex provided notes to the adjournment session from the 7th round game Martirosov-Slive. He also sent a variation which Vadim believes was best play from the adjourned position (I will post it separately once I have a chance to look at it – to call it complicated would be an understatement). Here are Alex’s comments:

Martirosov-Slive Rd. 7 Adjourned Position

[Yes, Black has drawing chances after the adjournment.]


[Sealed move]

41...Ne6 42.Kf3 Nf4 43.h4 Rb2 44.hxg5 hxg5 45.Bf5 Rb3+ 46.Ke4 Rb4+ 47.Ke3 Rb3+ 48.Kd4 Rb2 49.f3 Rd2+ 50.Ke3 Re2+

[50…Rd5 should draw. 51.Rxd5 Nxd5+ is forced. After 52.Kd4 Nf4, if White ever plays e6, Black trades pawns and not minor pieces, puts his K at h6, and bounces his N around to the right square from f4. How can White win?]

51.Kd4 Rd2+ 52.Kc4

[Not 52.Kc5 Rd5+ and the draw is similar to the note above.]

52...Rd8 53.Ra7 Re8

[After 53.Ra7, I started to lose the thread. I don't think 53...Re8 is losing yet, but much better is 53...Kf8 to stop any lines based on e5-e6. Black would then just keep his R on the d-file - if White ever advances his K to the 5th rank, then …Rd5 would win a pawn.]

54.Kd4 Ne2+

[I still think Black is OK after the text move 54…Ne2+, but 54…Kf8 is more to the point.]

55.Kd5 Rd8+

[Again 55…Kf8 or even 55…Nf4+ 56.Kd6 Kf8 looks like it still holds. How can White take advantage of his advanced K? After the text move 55…Rd8+ both Black's R and N have strayed from the e6 square and trouble is lurking.]

56.Kc4 Re8??

[56…Re8?? is the real clunker. 56…Nf4?? is also answered by 57.e6. Black has to play 56…Kf8 and if White ever plays e6, an endgame arises similar to the first note, but with R's on the board. I think this is still a draw.]


[After 57.e6 it's all over.]

57…Rf8 58.Kd5 Kf6 59.e7 Re8 60.Kd6 Nd4 61.Rb7 Nxf5+ 62.gxf5 Kxf5 63.Kd7 Rxe7+ 64.Kxe7 Kf4 65.Kf6 1-0

[65.Kf6! is a pretty end to the game. 65.Kxf7 leads to a draw. (I think.)]


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