PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY . 14/6/98


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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 43

Black to Play & WIN  

 

FORSYTH NOTATION: 8/pB3b2/3p1Npp/1p6/P2kP3/1P3K1P/6P1/2b5: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 42

Genrikh Kasparyan (1910-1995) was a very original player and one of the worlds great study composers. He was finalist or semi-finalist in several Soviet o-t-b championships, in fact in one of these competitions he beat the young Botvinnik. He won the Armenian championship many times. One of his rivals was the young Petrosian and they had many exciting battles. Kasparyan will be chiefly remembered for his studies. He achieved splendid success in winning many prizes in this field. He was author of "Domination in 2545 Endgame Studies."(1980)

The following study won 1st Prize, Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1939

White to Play & WIN 

 

    FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/5Pr1/3R4/pp6/8/k2B4/2K5:

 This study has a tremendous finale. It is like a World Cup game with all the goals scored in the last five minutes. The beginning is difficult and uninspiring but the ending is worth waiting for.

1.Bg5!

[This move deals with Blacks threat of Rg1+ . 1.Rf5? Rg1+ 2.Kc2 b3+ 3.Kc3 b2 4.f7 Rc1+!; 1.Bxb4?Rxf6 is tending towards a draw; 1.f7? Rf6 2.Bxb4 Rxf7 is also drawish]

1...b3

[Black must get some counterplay]

2.Rd2+ Ka1

3.f7

[3.Be3? not this move because black has a very clever stalemate. 3...b2+ 4.Rxb2 Rxf6 5.Bd4 Rf1+ 6.Kc2 a3 7.Rb1+ Ka2 8.Rxf1= stalemate.]

3...Rxg5

[3...a3 4.Rd1 Rd6 5.f8Q b2+ 6.Kc2+ Rxd1 7.Qxa3# ]

4.f8Q Rg1+

5.Rd1 Rg2!

[Black now threatens two different mates]

6.Qa3+! Ra2

7.Rd2!!

[7.Qc5? and Black has an amazing draw. 7...Rh2 (7...b2+? 8.Kd2+! b1Q+ 9.Ke1+-) 8.Rd2 Rh1+ 9.Rd1 Rh2=]

7...Rxa3

[7...b2+ leads to a win for White. 8.Qxb2+ Rxb2 9.Rxb2 a3 10.Rb1+ Ka2 11.Rb8 Ka1 12.Kc2 a2 13.Kb3+-]

8.Rb2! Ra2

9.Rb1#

A spectacular finish !! After 8...Ra2 Black is in Zugzwang. The ending is very unusual with Black being in a self-block mate even though he has a material advantage.

This was one of the first endgame studies I ever looked at in the early 1990's using a Fidelity computer and it managed to find the solution.

Recently John Roycroft has translated and edited "The Complete Studies of Genrikh Kasparyan." (1997) If you have enjoyed the above study and want to experience more of his creations then this book is an excellent addition to your library.


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