PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY 7/9/97
Welcome to this active site.Each week I am going to present to you a endgame position for you to solve or to workout the best continuation.Computer analysis will also be considered.Some of these positions will come from actual historical games.Others will be composed endgame studies,but all the solutions will be relevant to the practical game.
The new position will occur each SUNDAY and I will always be pleased to receive POSITIVE feedback about the positions and the analysis and I will try to acknowledge these where relevant.Over the next few months I will experiment with different presentations but this wll not effect the fundamental idea of presenting a weekly position for analysis.
THIS WEEK : POSITION 5.
BLACK to play & DRAW.solution 14/9/97
LAST WEEK: POSITION 4.
Marshall v Schlechter San Sebastion, 1911.
BLACK to play & WIN.
This position is not as easy as it looks.Schlechter, who in the previous year had drawn a match with Lasker, goes horribly wrong.He plays ...Ke4?and could only draw this ending.
The winning method has been known since the last century when Horwitz and Kling published an Endgame Study on this ending in a book called 'Chess Studies' which is rightly looked upon as a classic in the field of Study Composition. The King goes to g4 and then h3 to force the white King to defend the pawn.1 ... Kg4! 2 Kf2 Kh3 3 Kg1 h4 4 Kh1 g5 5 Kg1 g4 6 Kh1. The Kings and Pawns take on a L-shaped symmetry with Black now playing the winning g3 7 hxg3 hxg3 8 Kg1 g2 and Black will queen the pawn.
The top chess programs have no difficulty in solving this ending.Valentin Albillo [ email@example.com] has very kindly sent me Crafty's analysis of this position. The machine he used is a plain-vanilla Pentium 100 Mhz PC, running Windows 95. After looking at a depth of 16 plies in 47 seconds, Crafty comes up with the century old analysis as indicated above.Thanks for this and your encouragement.