PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY . 24/5/98


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.

Thanks toValentin Alibilo.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 40

White to Play & WIN 

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:1k3b2/1r6/3PP3/3K4/5B2/8/p3p3/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 39

Akiba Rubinstein (1882 -1961) was a great Polish master who not only had to fight battles on the chess board but also had to fight to contain his own psychological disturbance. His golden period was before the 1st World War when he was victorious in a number of important tournaments. His results were so good that he was looked upon as the leading challenger for the world title. In 1909 he came equal first with Lasker at the St Petersburg tournament and even beat him in their individual game. This was the closest Rubinstein was allowed to come to his rival because he would never be allowed to play a world championship match. Events took a turn for the worst and plans for a title match were abandoned as war broke out.

Speilmann v Rubinstein

St Petersburg 1909

Black to Play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/6p1/5p2/r2p2p1/P1k5/4K2P/5P2/R7:

This is one of Rubinstein's great Rook and pawn endings. Although White has a passed pawn it is not going anywhere. Whites pawns are vulnerable especially the h-pawn. Blacks pawns are not easilly attacked.

1...d4+

This move frees the Rook to operate along the fifth rank

12.9 Crafty analysis (Valentin Alibilo):1...Ra8 2.Rc1+Kb3 3.Kd4 Ra4+ 4.Kxd5 Rh4 5.Rh1 g4 6.Ke6 gxh3 7.Kf7 f5 8.Kxg7 f4 9.Kf6 Rh5 10.Kg6 Rh4 This line is not so convincing as the main line.White's King is very active.

2.Kd2 Rf5

The Rook has to become active.

3.Ke1 Kb4

4.Ke2 Ka5

The King is a better blockader than the Rook.

5.Ra3 Rf4

6.Ra2 Rh4

7.Kd3 Rxh3+

8.Kxd4 Rh4+

9.Kd3 Rxa4

10.Re2 Rf4

11.Ke3 Kb6

12.Rc2

The Rook cuts the King off but it has to seek a more active role.

12...Kb7

13.Rc1 Ra4

14.Rh1

White tries to activate the Rook but it is too late.

14...Kc6

15.Rh7 Ra7

16.Ke4 Kd6

17.Kf5 g6+

18.Kxg6 Rxh7

19.Kxh7 Ke5

This King and pawn ending is won for Black.

Spielmann was magnanimous in defeat and later wrote: "This endgame should be included in every book on Rook endings."

Rubinsteins games from his golden period are worthy of study because they show deep positional understanding and brilliant endgame technique. According to Fine "In the Rook and pawn endings especially he is beyond compare,.....Better chess cannot be played by mortal man."


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