Another fine endgame by Qld’s own IM Stephen Solomon – yeah, I know, he’s from, “down south”.

Another fine win to IM Stephen Solomon.

Stephen has defeated at least 26 GMs in Classical FIDE rated games – most of them in Olympiads.

Lazy people will call this a “swindle”.

Those who take the time to study endgames will see it as a well deserved win.

The game is only beginning when Stephen “drops” the exchange.

White: Hernandez Sanchez, Jairo Andres IM 2355
Black: Solomon, Stephen J IM 2259
Result: 0-1
Event: 2023 Australasian Masters
Date: 2023.12.19
Round: 6.1

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 O-O 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.O-O f6 10.Nc3 Kh8 11.h3 a5 12.d4 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 e4 14.Nd2 a4 15.Bc4 b5 16.Be2 Re8 17.Rfe1 Bf5 

18.Bh5 g6 19.Bg4 Na6 20.Qxc6 Nb4 21.Qc3 Qd6 22.a3 Nd5 23.Qc5 Qd7 24.c4 bxc4 25.Nxc4 Rac8 

26.Bxf5 Qxf5 27.Qb5 Rcd8 28.Nd6 Nc7 29.Qxe8+ Rxe8 30.Nxf5 gxf5 31.Rac1 Nd5 32.Rc5 Rd8 

33.Rec1 Kg7 34.R1c4 Kg6 35.Rxa4 Nf4 36.d5 Nd3 37.Rc7 Rxd5 38.Raa7 f4 39.Rg7+ Kf5 

40.Rxh7 Ne5 41.Rac7 Rd1+ 42.Kh2 Rd2 43.Rh5+ Ke6 44.h4 Ng4+ 45.Kh3 Nxf2+ 46.Kh2 Rd1 

47.g3 f3 48.g4 Nxg4+ 49.Kg3 f2 50.Rc6+ Kd7 0-1

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