To exchange or not to exchange?

7/9/2010 – In endgames, a further reduction in material is always a critical decision. In our position, Black was offered with 60...Kxg2 61.Kxe3 Rxb5 62.axb5 f1Q 63.Rxf1 Kxf1 the option of a liquidation to a pawn ending, which would leave him with a protected passed pawn on a5. What do you think? Should he choose that liquidation or should he rather go for 60...Rc3 and the ending with rooks and bishops of opposite colours? Analysis by GM Karsten Müller on ChessBase Magazine Online.

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Lalith-Piasetski, Hilversum 2010

In endgames, a further reduction in material is always a critical decision. In our position, Black was offered with 60...Kxg2 61.Kxe3 Rxb5 62.axb5 f1Q 63.Rxf1 Kxf1 the option of a liquidation to a pawn ending, which would leave him with a protected passed pawn on a5.
What do you think? Should he choose that liquidation or should he rather go for 60...Rc3 and the ending with rooks and bishops of opposite colours?

Analysis Lalith-Piasetski by GM Karsten Müller.


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