The pawn roller

12/31/2009 – After the final rounds of the Russian Championship, our endgames expert Karsten Müller casts an eye back at the remarkable and extremely original endgame Timofeev-Khismatullin from round five. The position in the diagram arose after 50.bxa5, after which the two black rooks had to take up the fight against four linked passed pawns and a knight – and it turned out to be hopeless for them. Karsten Müller shows you for CBM Online how this unusual position came about and how the game ended.

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Position after 50.bxa5

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