Normally the best chance of saving such a position is to replace the rook, which is blockading the pawn, by the king. Here, however, this does not succeed, as after 58...^d6 59 <4>d4 ^e7 White does not play 60 ^xd5? 2c8!, but rather the stronger 60 2el + c4)f6 61 2e5!, when sooner or later he wins both pawns (and with them the game). And if 58...d4 59 f6 <^>d5 60 f7 <4>e5 61 b4 <£>d5 the following pretty manoeuvre is decisive: 62 Sf4! 63 2e4+ <i>f5 64 2el! Now 64...^f6 loses to 65 ^xd4 2d8+ 66 while after 64...2xf7 65 2fl+ White exchanges rooks and wins the pawn ending.

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