PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY . 19/4/98


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.
THIS WEEK

  POSITION 35

WHITE to Play & WIN  

  

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/p4p2/4k2p/5p1P/6P1/2K2P2/2P5/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION  34

When Reshevsky, the Polish prodigy, stepped on American soil in 1920 a new age of American chess had arrived. By the end of that decade a whole host of promising players had emerged. Many of them attended the High Schools in New York and they joined the Manhatten and Marshall Chess Clubs.

Two young men in particular were going to make a tremendous contribution to this revival. In the New York State Championship of 1931, Fred Reinfeld ( 1910-1964 ) came 1st and Reuben Fine came 2nd. These two men formed an important friendship. At this time Fine was still at college but they often met together to play over games of the Masters. They fed each other intellectually and they shared common views on chess. Both had penetrating intellects. Reinfeld had a photographic memory, he could remember nearly every game he played through. In 1933, Fine gained a place in the United States team to go to Folkestone. Reinfeld's career took a different route away from competitive chess.

He started his own publishing house called the Black Knight Press. In his tiny apartment in New York he both produced and printed his own material and he started correspondence courses for people who wanted to learn the game. Fred Reinfeld was a brilliant communicator and teacher and his contribution to the game has been recently recognised by being instated in the American Chess Hall of Fame.

WHITE to Play & WIN 

Reinfeld v Factor

Pasadena, 1932

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/3k4/p1p4p/1pP1r1pP/4P1P1/P3K3/2R5/8:

White has a strong positional advantage.His pieces have more mobility. His Rook can operate along the d-file and invade Blacks position via the d6 square. The Black Rook does not make a good blockader and will have to give way.

1.Rd2+ Ke7

[1...Ke6? 2.Kd4 a5 3.Rf2 b4 4.axb4 axb4 5.Rf3 and Black is in Zugswang and will eventually lose his Rook.]

2.Kd4 Re6

3.e5

[The Black Rook is having a miserable time.]

3...a5

4.Ke4 Ke8

5.Kf5 Re7

6.Rd6

[The h-pawn cannot be defended.Black must seek counter play.]

6...Rf7+

7.Kg6 Rf4

8.Rxc6 Rxg4

9.Rb6 b4

[This looks menacing but white has it all worked out.]

10.axb4 axb4

[10...Rxb4? 11.Kxh6! g4 12.Kg7 g3 13.Rg6+- and White will Queen the h-pawn.]

11.Kxh6 Re4

12.Kg6!

[and the King makes way for the h-pawn.]

12...g4

[12...Rxe5 13.h6+-]

13.h6 g3

14.h7 Rh4

15.Rxb4!

[15.Kg7 g2 16.Rg6 and White wins easily.]

15...g2

16.Rb1 Rh1

17.Rg1!!

[a beautiful finale. 17...Rxg1 18.h8Q+ Kd7 19.Qh2+-]

Recently Fred's diaries have been discovered.Lets hope soon we will have a biography of this fascinating man who made chess a popular pastime in the middle part of this century.


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