I haven’t updated for a while partly because we have been switching webhost, hopefully all the links should be working again now. I didn’t play the last 4NCL but was happy to see Wood Green squeezed past White Rose in a tight match. Looking at the live games the final position of this game from one of the games in the second team match versus Bristol confused me.

[pgn initialply=99 height=350][Event "4NCL 2011-12"]
[Site "Hinkley ENG"]
[Date "2012.04.01"]
[Round "8.47"]
[White "Lee, Graham D"]
[Black "Curtis, John E"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B07"]
[WhiteElo "2244"]
[BlackElo "2116"]
[Annotator "Blog"]
[PlyCount "116"]
[EventDate "2011.11.12"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2010.03.20"]
[WhiteTeam "Wood Green Hilsmark"]
[BlackTeam "Bristol"]
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. dxe5 dxe5 5. Qxd8+ Kxd8 6. Bc4 Bb4 7. Bg5 Bxc3+
8. bxc3 Be6 9. Bxe6 fxe6 10. O-O-O+ Ke7 11. f4 Nc6 12. Nf3 Ke8 13. Rhe1 h6 14.
Bxf6 gxf6 15. fxe5 fxe5 16. Rd3 Ke7 17. Kd2 Rhg8 18. g3 Rad8 19. Ke3 Rd6 20.
Rb1 b6 21. Nd2 Na5 22. Rb5 c5 23. Rb1 Rgd8 24. Rf1 Rxd3+ 25. cxd3 c4 26. Nxc4
Nxc4+ 27. dxc4 Rc8 28. Kd3 Rd8+ 29. Kc2 Rc8 30. Kb3 Rd8 31. Rf2 Rd1 32. c5 bxc5
33. Kc4 Re1 34. Kxc5 Rxe4 35. c4 Re3 36. a4 Ra3 37. Kb4 Ra1 38. Rb2 Kd6 39. Kb5
e4 40. c5+ Kc7 41. Re2 Rb1+ 42. Kc4 a5 43. Rxe4 Rb4+ 44. Kd3 Rxe4 45. Kxe4 Kc6
46. g4 Kxc5 47. h4 ({There was an easy win with} 47. Ke5 Kb4 48. h4 Kxa4 49. g5
) 47… Kd6 48. Kf4 Ke7 49. g5 hxg5+ 50. Kxg5 {Apparently Black resigned here
but the ending is drawn e.g} Kf7 51. Kf4 Kg6 52. Ke5 Kh5 53. Kxe6 Kxh4 54. Kd5
Kg5 55. Kc6 Kf6 56. Kb6 Ke7 57. Kxa5 Kd7 58. Kb6 Kc8 1-0
[/pgn]

It seems Black resigned here but the position is a simple draw rook’s pawn aren’t that good in king and pawn endgames. Ivan used this concept neatly to make the easiest draw in the game below.

[pgn initialply=92 height=350][Event "Staunton Memorial 7th"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "2009.08.16"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C63"]
[WhiteElo "2699"]
[BlackElo "2655"]
[PlyCount "118"]
[EventDate "2009.08.08"]
[EventType "schev"]
[EventRounds "10"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2009.09.16"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. exf5 e4 6. Ng5 d5 7. Ne6 Bxe6 8.
fxe6 Qd6 9. d3 Qxe6 10. dxe4 dxe4 11. Bg5 Be7 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Qh5+ g6 14. Qc5
O-O-O 15. Bxc6 Qxc6 16. Qxc6 bxc6 17. Nxe4 Rhe8 18. f3 Bxb2 19. Rb1 Bc3+ 20.
Kf2 Bd4+ 21. Ke2 Rd5 22. a4 Be5 23. Rb3 Kd7 24. g3 Bd6 25. Re3 Re6 26. Rd1 Ra5
27. Rd4 g5 28. Nf2 Rf6 29. Ng4 Rff5 30. Ree4 h5 31. Ne3 Rf8 32. f4 gxf4 33.
gxf4 Kc8 34. Nc4 Rd5 35. Nxd6+ Rxd6 36. Kf3 Kd7 37. Rd3 Rf5 38. Re5 Rxe5 39.
fxe5 Rd5 40. Ke4 Ke6 41. Rxd5 cxd5+ 42. Kd4 a5 43. h4 c6 44. c3 Kf5 45. Kc5
Kxe5 46. Kxc6 d4 47. cxd4+ Kxd4 48. Kb5 Kd5 49. Kxa5 Kc5 50. Ka6 Kc6 51. a5 Kc7
52. Kb5 Kb7 53. Kc5 Ka6 54. Kd6 Kxa5 55. Ke5 Kb6 56. Kf5 Kc6 57. Kg6 Kd6 58.
Kxh5 Ke7 59. Kg6 Kf8 1/2-1/2 [/pgn]