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 Re: 15th Place - Bhat-Bartholomew [45:40]
Hey Dennis,

For the endgame (after Rxc3) I was looking at ideas like (in order for White) Rb3, Kc4-b5-a6, Rc3, Bb7 (forcing Rf8), Rc6-e6-e7, Be4, Rb7+, Ka7, Rh7 and b7+, b8=Q (Bxb8 Kxb8). Is this just wishful thinking?

This is one of the best lectures I've seen. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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 Re: 15th Place - Bhat-Bartholomew [45:40]
Hi Dan,

That kind of schematic thinking is useful, even if it always has to be supplemented with details. Assuming the Rxc3 you're referring to is from the penultimate move, just before Black played ...Kb7(??) and lost, I don't know that your plan can be put into effect. Thus: 81.Rxc3+ Kb8 82.Rb3 Rh6, and now if 83.Kc4, Black plays 83...Rh5, cutting off the king. If White tries 84.Rd3, with the idea of Bd5 and Kb5-a6, then 84...Rc5+ 85.Kd4 Rc1. Going back a little, if White tries 83.Kc6, then 83...Bc7+ 84.Kc5 Bd8. It looks likely that White will have to play b7 at some point; likely, but not yet certain.

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 Re: 15th Place - Bhat-Bartholomew [45:40]
A top post, Dennis- yes, you're right, hard fought games like this can be more instructive than the most beautifully crafted GM victory.

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 Re: 15th Place - Bhat-Bartholomew [45:40]

Great post :)the Scandinavian is my favorite defense against 1.e4 and yet it's amazing how much more there is to learn. Keep them coming and once again, thanks.


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