PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY. 14/3/99

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 81 

White to Play & WIN 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:1r5Q/3k1p2/p1p1q1p1/P1PpP2p/1r2bP2/1N5P/1RP3PK/1R6:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 80

Vladimir Bron 1909-1985, Russian composer. Author of "Selected Studies and Problems" (1969). Bron built on the work started by Troitsky and the earlier Soviet composers. His compositions won many prizes of which the following study is an example.

V. Bron, 1934

1st Prize "64"

White to Play & WIN 

 

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

White can quickly win a Bishop for the d-pawn. The White Bishop and the two Knights have to show good coordination and drive the Black King to to the edge of the board. Not an easy thing to do on an open board.

1.Nd2+ Kd3

1...Kc3 2.Ne4+ Kc4 (2...Kd3 3.d7 Bxd7 4.Nc5+ Kc4 5.Nxd7+-) 3.Kb1 Be6 4.d7 Bc7 5.Nd6+ Kd5 6.Nb7 Bf5 7.Kb2 Be4 8.d8Q+ Bxd8 9.Nxd8 Kd6 10.Ne3 Ke5 11.Kc3 Bf3 12.Bb5 Ke4 13.Nc4 Be2 14.Bc6+ Kf5 15.Kd4 Bxc4 16.Kxc4 Crafty 12.9 UNIX No endgame tablebases. (Valentin Albillo)

2.Ne1+ Ke2

The Knights protect each other indirectly because of the fork at f6 winning the Bishop.

3.Bb5+ Kd1

4.d7 Bxd7

5.Bxd7 ...

Whites material advantage is decisive so Black decides to end the agony by a pretty selfmate. 5...Ke2 would have prolonged the battle.

5... Be5+

6.Kb1 Bc3

7.Ne4 Bxe1

8.Bg4+ mate

Jan Reek said of this study "The solution looks simple and pleasant, and the mate is ideal."(Chessman in the Endgame study 1992). Computer analysis indicates that some of Blacks moves from a logical point of view were not the best. Did Black play the best defence? The composer got over his idea and perhaps from an artistic point of view the fact that there exists longer variations in which Black still survives doesn't really matter. The computer chess program will go to great lengths not to be mated, whereas the human composer will sometimes want a nice finish: he may even seek a poetic end to his composition. We have to take this important difference into consideration when using computer analysis to look at endgame studies.


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