PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY. 31/1/99

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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POSITION 75

White to Play & WIN 

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:6Q1/8/8/3K4/p7/8/kp3P2/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 74

Johann Behting (1856-1946) was one of three brothers of German descent. Johann along with Carl composed studies and were leaders in this field in the Baltic region. They were contemporaries of Troitzky and Rinck and played their part in the emerging art of study composing in the latter part of the 19th century.

J. Behting, 1892

White to Play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/7B/8/K7/3B3p/5kp1/6Rb:

Johann Behting was also interested in chess problems and here he introduces a problem theme into an endgame setting. We have come across this idea before and you will probably recognize the winning manoeuvre.

 1.Ba6!! ...

An amazing move. White offers to give up the Rook. Not 1.Rb1? because of 1...g1Q 2.Rxg1 Bc6+ 3.Kb4 Kxg1 4.Bf4=.

1... Kxg1

It is difficult to believe that taking the Rook is not the correct move in normal circumstances. 1...h2! offers the best defence. If the Rook moves away then Black draws so 2.Bf8! is the best reply 2...hxg1Q 3.Bc5+ Kf3 4.Bxg1 and now Behting says there is a mate in 60 moves !! Horwitz showed in an earlier study (CHESS STUDIES and END-GAMES, P287. 1884) that this position is winnable. Here we see an exceptional position in which two Bishops can win against a Bishop because of the poor situation of the Black pieces.

2.Be3+ Kh2

3.Bf4+ Kg1

4.Bg3 h2

The Black pieces must not be allowed to escape from their prison but how is White going to avoid stalemate? The White army cannot win without the help of the King

5.Kb5!....

He lifts the threat of stalemate and then finds an ingenius way to move along the a5-f1 diagonal towards the enemy monarch.

5... Kf1

6.Kb4+ Kg1

7.Kc4 Kf1

8.Kc3+ Kg1

9.Kd3 Kf1

10.Ke3+...

The King comes to the end of its journey which is now crowned with success.

10... Kg1

11.Bf2 Mate

 Did you discover the winning idea? Yes, the composer tries to illustrate the Indian Theme which first occured in a problem composed by the Rev Henry Loveday (1815-1848) in 1844 when he was Minister of the beautiful Church of St James, in Delhi, India.

A line piece ( the white squared Bishop ) is moved across a critical square ( in this case b5 ), another piece ( the White King ) is moved to this square, creating a battery and then moved again to unmask the piece that was first moved.

The Behting study has a slight blemish with the obvious 1...Kxg1? not being the best defence, but the study still has great classical beauty. Computer analysis would not solve this ending because it would get bogged down with the 1...h2 variation. Any offers to check Behtings mate in 60 moves !!


  SPECIAL MILLENNIUM ENDGAME SOLVING COMPETITION PRIZE WORTH £100

Open to humans only. The winner will have to take part in 3 or more solving competitions before Feb 2000. 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.

Patrick Peschlow of Germany wins the Endgame Solving Tournament scoring grade A and leads the race for the millennium prize. David Rowe of England is second with grade B+

 

 

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