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This was a game between GM Dreev and GM Robson at the St Louis Fall Classic

It is black to move. Is this a draw or loss for black?

How should black proceed?

Comments
No. 1-5
CraigB
CraigB

Yes, general principles seem to work here. 1...Ke6 2. Kb6 Kd7 3. Kb7 Nf5 4. Be5 Ne7 and now 5. a5 Nc6 6. a6 Nd8+ 7 Kb6 Nc6! and now White cannot get the pawn to a7 let alone a8.

I'm sure I could handle this at the board without undue time trouble, since the idea is to keep White's K from b7 and the N on the board.

DaveCubby
DaveCubby

1...Ke8!!!, 2. Bf6?! Kd7!, 3. Bxh4 Kc7!, 4. Ka6 Kb8, 5. Bg3+ Ka8! (Draw because of a wrong rook pawn —- White cannot win)

DaveCubby
DaveCubby

1...Ke8!, 2. Kb6 Kd7, 3. a5 Nf5, 4. a6 Ne7!!, 5. Bf6 Nc6!, 6. Kb7 Na5+, 7. Kc5 Nc6, 8. Kb6 Kd6! = Draw!!!

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

There are 4 drawing moves. Three of them were easy for me to spot, but the fourth one surprised me when I saw it in the Nalimov. I hate knights.

Alena
Alena

1...Ke8 2.Kb6 Kd7 3.Kb7 Nf5 4.Be5 Ne3 5.a5 Nc4 6.a6 Na5+ 7.Kb6 Nc6 8.Bh2 Ne7 9.Bg3 Nc6 10.Bf4 Ne7 11.Kc5 Nc6 12.Bg3 Na7 13.Bh2 Nc6 14.Bf4 Na7

it's a draw

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