PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY. 17/1/99

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POSITION 73

Back to Play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:3r2k1/8/p2P2pp/2r2p2/1pR1pPn1/1P4P1/P5P1/1B1R2K1:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 72

Henri Rinck (1870-1952) was a prolific French endgame composer. He settled in Spain in 1910 and remained there for the rest of his life. He is regarded as one of the founders of modern endgame composing. Author of 1414 Fins de Parties (1952) which contains all his best studies.

Rinck, 1906

White to Play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/2p2N2/6p1/1q4Np/pP1k1P1P/8/K1PP4/8: 

Two Knights are usually no match for a Queen but here there are circumstances which favour White. They dominate the Queen. The Queen and King are close together so are vulnerable to forks from the Knights, and the White pawns will also menace the monarch.

1.Ne6+ Kc4

[1...Ke4 2.Nfg5+ and Black cannot escape a diastrous fork from the Knights: 2...Kd5 3.Nxc7+]

2.Nxc7 Qb6

3.d3+ Kd4!

4.Nd8! Qf6

[4...a3 5.Nde6+ and white wins]

5.Nde6+ Kc3

6.Nd5+ ...

Rinck was the first composer to use the theme of "DOMINATION" in a big way. He really is the inventer of this theme. The meaning of domination is self evident. To dominate means to control. The idea is to win the opponents pieces by controlling important squares. In the above study it is the Black Queen which is dominated by the White Knights. One of the first studies of this theme occured in Steinitz's International Chess Magazine of the 1880's. The composer was H Otten:

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After 1.Bd6! Kxd6 2.c3!! the White Queen has no safe square. This study influenced the early composers and they tried to improve on the setting and the content. Domination often occurs in over the board games. The simplest illustration is when a Knight is trapped at the edge of the board by a Bishop and is then at the mercy of the opponents pieces. This is probably the easiest theme to understand and if it really interests you, Kasparyan's Domination in 2545 Endgame Studies (1980) will be worth reading.


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