Perhaps I should name this article: "Ending decides everythng!".
Instead Rich and Michael who posted full complete text of game with professional annotations, I am giving here with diagrams collection of middle-game and ending positions in OH 2010.Rd.6, G1, A. Moiseyev vs A. Millhone
#1. White to move .................. #2. White to move, red wins
See diagram #1
. During and right after the game me and Alan thought that loss in this game came later but a trully amazing fact is that 20-16? which Alan played here already loses! After 20-16 the game continued: 12x19, 23x16, 2-7 ... Here I saw that ending after shot which Alan played, loses and without shot somehow my position is still very promising. But in fact thios position after 20-16 trade is already full complete loss for white. Anyway ... 21-17, 14x21, 30-25, 21x30, 16-12, 30x23, 27x2, 9-14 - see diagram #2
. Red wins this position due to right move. After crowing the King red should go through single (not double!) corner and wins the game.Rd. 6, G2, A. Millhone vs A. Moiseyev
#3. Red to move and draw.
Here Alan resigned and I can't say that I was very disappointed with this
After we shaked hands, I showed him that 23-27 temporairly pitch saved the game because eventually after few moves red captures an extra man back. Rd. 5, G1, L. Cowie vs A. Moiseyev
#4. White to move and win. ....... #5. Red to move and draw.
20-16* wins, 9-6? draw ............. 28-32* draw, 12-16? loses
In position on diagram #4
I played mistakenly 9-6 and allowed Louis to escape after 3-7. Instead, 20-16 easy wins the game after crowing the second and eventually all 4 Kings and holding two red mans on 3 and 12. After trade, Louis played ending correctly - crowned the second King and placed it on square 21 - well known to publish play classic ending. Eventually, after I tried all tricks, we came to position on diagram #5.
Here 28-32 still draws, but Louis played 12-16? and lost the game even having a move! After 12-16? game continued: 30-26*, 28-32, 27-24, 16-20, 24-28, 32-27, 28-32, 27-24, 26-23 WW
And finally the game with my good friend Neil Wenberg. Rd. 1, G2, A. Moiseyev vs N. Wenberg
I am using here an oppotunity and chance to apologise to Neil for playing obviously drawn position. Neil played this game exceptionally well and was awarded by getting an easy drawn ending - 2 kings in double corner + man on 31 against my 3 Kings. See diagram #6
#6. White to move and draw.
27-24* draw, 2-7* loses
After "fooling around"
for many moves I provoked Neil to move one of his Kings out of double corner (he shouldn't do this) and placed one my King on square 1. Before position on diagram #6
Neil played 31-27, 11-16. In position on diagram 27-24 was still a rdaw (easy), but Neil played 2-7??? an lost after 16-19.
Usually I don't play such positions but in this game I was a bit disappointed with Neil outstanding play in the middle of game and I still continued trying something.
I hope Neil forgive me - we all are humans only. I am giving him all credits for his play in this game.