PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY. 21/3/99

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 82 

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FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/k1K5/8/pB6/P7/8/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 81

James Mason (1845-1905) was born in Kilkenny Ireland, and emigrated in his youth to the USA before settling in England in 1878. While in America he won the Philadelphia congress in 1876. His best results came in the 1880's and 1890's when he was ranked in the top six in the world. In his later life he wrote two popular books on the game: The Principles of Chess (1893) and The Art of Chess (1895). His last book was called Social Chess (1900) and consisted of a collection of brilliant games. 

Mason vs Janowski

Monte Carlo, 1902

White to play & WIN

 

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

At the beginning of the century a series of tournaments took place in Monte Carlo, the beautiful playground of the rich and famous. Nearly all the great players took part and many exciting games were played. Twenty years earlier James Mason against Winawer in Vienna(1882) had played a beautiful combination which received high praise. Could he in one of his last tournaments play another great combination?

1.Nd4!!..

In setting this combination up Mason was lucky. Black had placed his Queen at e6 a few moves previously so enabling white to play this powerful move. The Black Queen will have no escape route and the resulting exchanges will lead to a won ending. Mason had looked deeply into the position and seen that the resulting minor piece ending favoured the White Knight.

1... Rxb2

Black has no reasonable choice. 1...Rxh8? 2.Rxb4 wins easily because the Black Queen is trapped. 2...Qe8 3.Rb7+ Kd8 4.Rb8+ Ke7 5.R1b7+ Kf8 6.Rxe8+ Kxe8 7.Rb8+ and black can resign.

2.Qxb8 Rxb8

3.Rxb8 Kc7

The Queen is lost and this is the only move.

4.Nxe6+ Kxb8

5.Nd4! ...

The Knight could win the f-pawn by playing to either d8 or g5 but Black gets the c-pawn in exchange. This would mean the d-pawn becomes a passer and Black may gain counterchances. The Knight move to d4 is best because it keeps everything under control.The Black King is tied to the defence of the c-pawn and the Bishop is a bystander.

5... Kc7

6.g4 ...

White gets his kingside pawn majority moving. The ending is easily won.

6... h4

7.c3 ...

A useful move because it frees the Knight from guarding the pawn.

7...Kd7 8.Kg1 Kc7 9.Kf2 Kd7 10.f5 gxf5 11.gxf5 Kc7 12.Ke3 (The King infiltrates into the enemy position) Bg2 13.Nf3( A quicker way to win is to play: 13.Kf4 Bxh314.Kg5 Kd7 15. Kxh4 Bf1 16.Kg5 Ke8 17.Kf6 +-)13...Bxh3 14.Nxh4 Bg4 15.Kf4 Be2 16.Nf3 (The Knight will go to d4 and the King gets to f6.) Black throws in the towel.

A wonderful conception by Mason; the pseudo sacrifice of his Queen leading to wholesale exchanges and a won ending.


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