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roblear 30 ( +1 | -1 )
advice from above? ok - i know i have a huge weakness that is my endgame. i've read that it's better to study endgames rather than openings..
so could i have drawn this one i lost?
say from move 32...?
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zdrak 37 ( +1 | -1 )
No, there was no way to draw. At least not from move 32 and onward - white has a solid extra pawn and a bishop for a knight - which is normally a slight extra advantage in this open position.

On move 34 you carelessly allowed an exchange of the N vs. B, leading to a lost pawn endgame from which there was no way to recover. 34..Nf7 still leaves some small chances.
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caldazar 150 ( +1 | -1 )
You had some drawing chances Black's prospects weren't terribly great, but it did seem like there were reasonable drawing chances after the game moved into a Bishop+6 vs Knight+5 endgame. Your queenside pawns are all on dark squares, you have the better king position, and if you could exchange off the kingside pawns, you would almost certainly have a draw.

However, 33... Nf5 is an error. While bishops are generally better than knights in endgames with pawns on both flanks, here, this simply isn't the case. The bishop has nothing to attack on the queenside, and if you can manage to get your king to e5 and play ...a5, you will have created a blockade on the queenside that White's bishop could not help to dismantle. In the game, by allowing the exchange of minor pieces, you moved into a pure pawn endgame a pawn down, and with so many pawns left on the board, you left yourself with no reasonable drawing chances.

The knight on h6 is a problem though, since you need your h-pawn to be mobile if you're going to try to exchange off the kingside pawns. Instead of 33... Nf5, I would have tried 33. Ke5 34. Ke3 Ng8 intending things like ...h6, ... Nf6, and when I had the time, ...a5. The play is basically all on one side of the board here (the kingside), so it was important to retain the knight.

Take my comments with a grain of salt since I'm no endgame expert either. Perhaps some more veteran players could chime in here; I'd also be very much interested on analysis of this endgame.
roblear 5 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks guys yet another of my fantastic self-destruct tactics.....
brunetti 22 ( +1 | -1 )
I agree with caldazar and am even more optimistic: Black is not lost in the minor piece ending and doesn't need to exchange pawns.

Alex