Colorado Springs Independent Column #6

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Answer: 40. Rxg6!! clears the way to protect his passed pawn on g7.¬† If 40…Qxg6 41. Rg3 Black Queen moves, and then White Queens a pawn with 42. g8=Q+

This was a clever way for White to protect his passed pawn.  From the game Robert Ramirez, Kurt Kondracki, Denver Open, June 2011

[Event “2011 Denver Open”]
[Site “Denver, CO”]
[Date “2011.06.26”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Ramirez, Robert”]
[Black “Kondracki, Kurt”]
[Result “1-0″]
[ECO “B20″]
[WhiteElo “2090”]
[BlackElo “1929”]
[PlyCount “97”]
[EventType “game”]
[EventCountry “USA”]

1. e4 c5 2. Na3 Nc6 3. f4 e6 4. Nf3 d5 5. e5 Nge7 6. g3 Nf5 7. c3 d4 8. Bd3 Be7
9. O-O O-O 10. Be4 a6 11. d3 Qc7 12. g4 Nh6 13. Ng5 g6 14. Nh3 Kg7 15. Nf2 Ng8
16. g5 b5 17. Ng4 Bb7 18. Nf6 Rfd8 19. c4 b4 20. Nb1 h5 21. Nd2 a5 22. Rf3 Kf8
23. Rh3 Rdb8 24. Nf1 Nxf6 25. gxf6 Bd8 26. Bd2 Ke8 27. Ng3 Kd7 28. Qf3 Qc8 29.
Kf2 Bc7 30. Qe2 Qf8 31. Rg1 Rd8 32. Bf3 Kc8 33. Ne4 Kb8 34. Ng5 Rd7 35. Be4 Bb6
36. Bxg6 fxg6 37. Nxe6 Qe8 38. Ng7 Rxg7 39. fxg7 Qf7 40. Rxg6 Ka7 41. Qxh5 Nxe5
42. Rxb6 Nxd3+ 43. Kf1 Qxg7 44. Rxb7+ Qxb7 45. Rxd3 Rg8 46. Qxc5+ Kb8 47. Qe5+
Ka7 48. Qxa5+ Kb8 49. Qxb4 1-0

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