Friday, 5 September 2014

Incredibly hard work

Looking through some of the games from the 2014 Chess Olympiad, I came across the following monster. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Baadur Jobava certainly put in a full days work with this game, a 139 move epic. At one point it looked like Jobava had found a draw despite being a rook down, but Vachier-Lagrave gave back the rook to play a Q+P v Q ending. As the pawn was an a pawn, Black had good drawing chances, and I had a recollection that at one times such endings were considered drawn. But Vachier-Lagrave pushed and pushed, and was eventually rewarded with the point.

Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (2768) - Jobava Baadur (2713) [B52]
WCO2014 Tromso (7.40), 09.08.2014

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