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23-07-2004, 03:18 AM
While working on my book I have been looking for suitable games and I came across this very peculiar end position from the correspondence game Purdy – Kerdil ,1945. I‘ll include the full game but please take note of the final position... Black continued no further. Now I am not sure if this game was forfeited and Black was really able to see so far advanced through all the complicated lines and see a win for white.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. c4
Bg4 9. cxd5 Qxd5 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Qxf3 13. gxf3 O-O 14. Rb1
Rab8 15. Re1 Bd6 16. f4 f5 17. Bd2 Ne7 18. Kg2 b6 19. Re6 Kh8 20. Kf3 Rbd8 21.
Rbe1 Ng8 22. c4 Nf6 23. Bc2 Nh5 24. Be3 g6 25. c5 Ng7 26. cxd6 Nxe6 27. d5 Ng7
28. Bd4 Rf7 29. Re7 1-0

Is this position a forced win for white? If you can tell me that without the help of the new chess programmes well done indeed! Kerdil must have seen very deep!? Even with Fritz 8 running on a very good computer it is having some serious problems. I do not want to post what conclusions I have come to here, I was wondering if any one else was interested in taking a look and seeing what they think. It is really one of the first times I had to really give Fritz some advice on the moves throughout the variations before he could bite into it. !

By the way this game will not be featuring in the book. ;-)