By Jon Speelman
Unique insights into the endgame through Britain's top professional.
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I was happy to play a forcing move against the great Ljubojevic (my mis taken 18 ... e6) but if I had thought more deeply, and made sure a pair of rooks left the board, I would have ob tained a harmonious position with at tacking chances. Sometimes the first move you look at (of course anyone would see ... e6 first) is not the best. And sometimes chess logic is sim ple: how many good squares do I have for my rooks? One. How many rooks do I have? Two. Then exchange one of them! A Bl underfu l Opportunity Game 4 M.
This lack of logic can blind you to a critical move that would otherwise be obvious. ) 36... Lagemann, Los Angeles (rapid) 2008. I can't get excited over this game at all now, since it was too easy. The logic came about because Black put up no resistance. In the main game there is a different story; though I get the advantage out of the opening, I fail to follow up cor rectly- and the seesaw begins! 1... g4 I play Capablanca's defence system, which has an excellent reputation to this day. 4 c4 c6 5 b3 tt:lbd7 6 i..
D) 56 .. d3+ 58 �e6! (but not 58 Wc7? xc8+ 63 Wxc8 b2 and the passed pawns beat the rook) and even if Black pulls out all the stops he still can't force the win: and: a) 56 ... b1 ? (now White's passed pawn is too dangerous) 57 c6 b3 (or 57 ... b8 and it's White who wins. b) 56 ... b3? c2+ 67 Wb7 l:b2+ 68 'iti>c8 'iti>e8 draws. c) 56... c3 61 'it>f6, and with both king and rook more active than their counterparts, White draws easily. d3+ 64 We7 (not 64 Wc8?? a3 and the pawns go through) 64 ...