As with the 8 June column, this one was plagiarised from My Great Predecessors, Part Three.
This particular game appears on pages 59 to 64.
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Yes, the Big Match is just around the corner. Just time to squeeze in another rook ending from Torquay before we start our build up to Maggie against Vish.
* I have a very strong memory of RDK saying this. Or at least writing it. I just can't remember where.
[After another six moves] White resigned. He should not regret the loss of a half-point, since he did not deserve it anyway.
Nikolay Minev, A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames (Russell Enterprises, 2004)
90 Rh4+?? Kf3, 91 Rh5 Re3+
|Gallery view of Tom Hackney's exhibition (now closed) at Breese Little.|
|© Tom Hackney|
Keene was a gifted pragmatist and well versed in the darker political arts, but he had hooked up with an even more adept practitioner. The world champion was vital to the Lucena/Keene campaign's hopes of swaying the third-world vote, but at the very last minute Kasparov informed them that they no longer had his support. By implication Kasparov was saying that he was prepared to let Campomanes win, even though he had spent nearly two years since the termination of the 84–85 match condemning Campomanes at every opportunity.Treachery eh? Well, one thing to be said about backstabbers is that they do at least understand one another, so in 1993 Garry and Ray were working together again like nothing had happened. As they were again in 2000. But never, one notices, for very long.
Keene and his supporters did not understand Kasparov’s motive at the time, but with hindsight it appeared that he wanted Campomanes in situ to increase support for the breakaway Grand Masters' Association, which would be launched the following year. In his public utterances Keene kept quiet about Kasparov's role in his campaign’s debacle, choosing instead to blame Lucena and others. With large royalties in the offing from a second edition of BCO, Kasparov’s treachery had to be accepted.
... in the end it all comes down to ensuring adequate checking distance.John Nunn, Secrets of Practical Chess