TCh-AUT 2012-13 GM Ribli(HUN)

Here is an instructive game from veteran GM Ribli who grinds out a long R-R ending that is a theoretical draw but still is worth playing out.

GM Ribli,Zoltan(HUN)

Ribli,Z (2554) – Sebenik,M (2543)
Semi-Tarrasch [D41]
TCh-AUT 2012–13 Graz AUT (5.2), 18.01.2013

Positon 1
Black is a pawn down but kept the rook active. The kingside pawns have been arranged optimally after 35..h5 so if white tries to advance with h3/g4 black will trade off a pair of pawns with …hg and the draw will be one step closer.

How should white start the winning attempt off?

White to Play

35…h5


Position 2
The defense is going as planned for black. The queenside pawns have been liquidated and now a set of kingside pawns will be liquidated. White advanced on the kingside and after 42.g4 hg, white must decide how to recapture. 

What do you suggest?

White to Play

42..hg


Position 3
Black has been defending stubbornly for 87 moves now. What should black do now?

  • 88…Ke5 activating the king and attacking the e4 pawn
  • 88…Rg1+ forcing the king to retreat or go to the h-file and be marooned
  • Something else


Black to Play

88.Kg4


Posted on January 25, 2013, in Ribli, Rook ending, TCh-AUT 2012-13. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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