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The ending of the game Matulovic-Malich, Lugano Olympiad, 1968, demonstrates that in similar positions the outcome of the game depends on nuances and, above all, better king position. The pawn structure is almost the same as in example 460, with the difference that here White is not fighting to draw but to win! The reason is his much better king position. White’s king is threatening to break through amidst the enemy pawns whilst the problem of the dangerous passed rook’s pawn will be elegantly solved by the knight sacrifice. Yet, Black to move draws:



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