Complex Rook vs Pawns Endgame at the XIV American Continental

The XIV Continental American was played between July 5th and 13th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Champ of the competition was GM Eduardo Iturrizaga, who accompanied by GM Neuris Delgado, GM Yuri González Vidal and the under-dog, IM Sergio Durán Vega, will participate in the 2019 FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Precisely, the IM Sergio Durán Vega is one of the characters of this note, along with GM José Cubas. The game that sit them both for the sixth round of the event reached a final worth of deep study.

The Master of Costa Rica, playing the white pieces, managed to hold an extremely complex endgame of rook vs pawns. At one point GM Cubas had the opportunity to finish off the game but the ideas were proper of a book by Russian master Mark Dvoretsky.

It should be noted that it was Cubas who sought victory at all times and avoided –as long as he could– simplifying the position, even risking too much at some point. Be as it may, both players gave us a beautiful battle from which we can learn a lot.

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