PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY. 7/3/99

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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THIS WEEK

POSITION 80

White to Play & WIN 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:2b5/8/3P4/8/B1k5/1N6/2N4b/K7: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 79

Harry Pillsbury (1872-1906) US Grandmaster. One of the great charismatic figures of chess. He was in the top four from 1895 to 1903. His victory at Hastings (1895) when he had no previous international experience was a remarkable achievement.  Not since the time of Morphy had an American made such an impact on Europe. He was a sponsors dream; always outgoing and entertaining. For a number of years he operated AJEEB, the chessplaying automation and he was an outstanding blindfold player. He would often play a number of chess and draught games blindfolded whilst playing whist. These displays made Pillsbury very famous. His brief life touched a whole generation of new players who were going to shape the game for the 20th century.

Pillsbury had to win this game in order to come first at Hastings.

Pillsbury vs Gunsberg

Hastings, 1895

White to Play & WIN 

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:1n6/4k2p/p3ppp1/1pPp4/3P1PP1/3NP3/P3K2P/8:   

White has a slim advantage in having a protected passed pawn and a more active knight. Is it enough to win the game and the tournament?

1.f5! g5

This keeps the knight out of f4. 1...gxf5? 2.gxf5 exf5 3.Nf4 and White will win the d-pawn and the game.

1...Nc6 Crafty's choice; 2.Nf4 g5 3.Nxe6 Kd7 4.e4 dxe4 5.a3 Na5 6.d5 Nc4 7.Nf8+ Ke7 8.Nxh7 Kf7 9.d6 and White has an easy won game. Crafty 12.9 UNIX (Valentin Albillo)

2.Nb4! a5

3.c6! Kd6

4.fxe6 ...

Creating another passed pawn. The Knight cannot be taken because of 4...axb4 5.e7 Kxe7 6.c7 and the pawn will Queen next move.

4... Nxc6

5.Nxc6 Kxc6

6.e4!! ...

This is the winning move and needs precise calculation. Pillsbury must have seen this possibility much earlier.

6... dxe4

7.d5+ Kd6

White has two connected passed pawns which immmoblize the Black King.

8.Ke3 b4

9.Kxe4 a4

Black pushes his queenside pawns to keep the enemy King occupied.

10.Kd4 h5?

10...Ke7! was the better move and shows how finely balanced the ending was: 11.Kc4 b3 12.axb3 a3 13.Kc3 f5 Black creates a passed pawn on the kingside. 14.gxf5 h5 15.b4 g4 16.b5 h4 17.b6 a2 18.Kb2 g3 19.d6+This is an important move because White now queens with check. Kxd6 20.b7 Kc7 21.e7 gxh2 22.b8Q+ Kxb8 23.e8Q+ and wins by one tempo.

11.gxh5 a3

12.Kc4 ...

Not 12.h6?? and Black draws by 12...b3 13.h7 bxa2 14.h8Q a8Q+

12... f5

13.h6 f4

14.h7 ....

Black Resigns

 A fine ending; a fitting climax to one of the great tournament victories of the last century.

Nick Pope has done a wonderful job in saving many of Pillsbury's games from oblivion in writing a worthy biography: Harry Nelson Pillsbury American Chess Champion (Pawn Island Press 1996)


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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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