PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY. 26/7/98


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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 48

White to Play and Win

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/4pp2/p1P2p2/8/P1P2R2/K1kr1P2/P7/8:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 47

Alexander Alekhine ( 1892-1946 ) was World Champion from 1927-35 and from 1937-46. He was a genius at chess combination and many rate him as one of the greatest players of all time. Surprisingly a mathematical study by Keene and Divinsky places Alekhine 18th in an all time list. For all his faults Alekhine made a great contribution to the World of Chess. He was a brilliant annotator and has left a collection of beautiful games.

Alekhine v Shishkov, 1919

White to Play and Win

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/5pkp/P2R1p2/8/3P2p1/5qP1/5R1K: 

As you would expect chess tactics occur in endings as well as middlegame positions even though the material is greatly reduced. In this position Black offers his Queen in order to force through a passed pawn but he hasn't taken into consideration white's brilliant reply.

1.Rxf2!

[1.Ra1? f4 2.a6 f3 3.Rg1 fxg2+ 4.Rxg2 Qf1+ 5.Rg1 Qh3#;

1.Rxf5? Qd4 2.R5f4 Qe5 3.Rxf6+ Kh7 4.R6f5 Qd4 White finds it difficult to make progress because of mating threats. ]

1...gxf2

2.Rxf5!

[This sacrifice forces the Black King to move to a vulnerable square.]

2... Kxf5

3.g4+

[The g2 square is cleared for the King.]

3...Ke5

4.Kg2+-

[The passed pawn is stopped and the a-pawn will win the game for White.]

A similar idea had occured previously in a simultaneous display in 1903. A player by the name of R. Loman, who later became a Dutch master, used it to defeat Emanuel Lasker.

Sometimes an endgame composer will take an idea that has occured in a game and turn it into a study. In 1925 Leonid Kubbel took the above idea and gave it an introduction and produced a fine study FEN 8/8/N1Pkn3/8/8/4B3/pPK5/8 w . The Czech composer, J Moravec, did the same.  I will leave you to find the solution of the Kubbel study !!

Alekhine was interested in endgame studies and one of his friends in Soviet Russia was Nikolai Grigoriev, the great endgame composer. In fact he played a series of training games with the then chairman of the Moscow Chess Club in 1921 before leaving the Capital never to return.


The Summer Endgame Solving Tournament has started !! Positions to solve on long holiday journeys or when sunbathing on the beach !!

Both for Humans and Computers.

Humans who take part are automatically entered for the Millennium Prize (see below)

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CLOSING DATE 23rd August

This consists of 5 positions, Top grades only will be published on 6th September plus solutions. All other competitors will have their grades sent via email.


A SPECIAL MILLENNIUM PRIZE WORTH £100 (= 2/2000 exchange rates)

Open to humans only. The winner will have to take part in 3 or more solving competitions before Feb 2000. Start now. The usual rules apply. The competitor's 3 highest scores only will count.The winner will be announced in FEBRUARY 2000. The prize will be £100 or equivalent. Feb 2000 exchange rates will apply. In the case of a tie the prize will be shared.
 

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