PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY. 11/4/99

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.

The new position will occur each SUNDAY and I will always be pleased to receive POSITIVE feedback about the positions and the analysis and I will try to acknowledge these where relevant.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 84

White to Play & WIN  

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/7k/R7/6PP/8/p5K1/8/r7:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 83

Nikolai Riumin (1908-1942) in the early 1930s won the Moscow championships a record number of times while a certain Mikhail Botvinnik was regularly winning the parallel Leningrad championships. This rivalry was played out in the 7th Soviet Championship when both these players were well ahead of the rest of the field. Botvinnik won their individual game to win the tournament while Riumin was runner up. Tragically after the International Moscow tournament of 1936 Riumin became gravely ill and died of TB when he was only 34. 

Riumin vs Kan

Moscow, 1936 

White to Play & WIN  

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:4rn1k/1p3bpp/p7/3p1PP1/3P1N2/3Bq3/PP3Q2/6RK:

Black tries to stop Whites attack by offering an exchange of Queens.

1.Qxe3 Rxe3

2.Kg2 ...

The White King now becomes very active and forces the Rook back.

2... Be8

3.Kf2 Re7

4.Rc1 ...

It is the pressure that White has along the c-file combined with the action of the active King that wins the game.

4... Bc6

5.Kf3 Rf7

6.Kg4 Rc7

White was threatening to win a pawn with 7.Bxa6

7.Ne6 Nxe6

8.fxe6 Kg8

9.Kf5 Kf8

10.Ke5 g6

11.Kd6 ...

The King has invaded into the heart of Blacks position. The pressure along the c-file is too great. 11... Re7 12.Bxa6 Ke8 13.Bb5 would win very quickly. Black Resigns.

Black's position may have looked strong because of his control of the e-file but he had no real entry points into Whites position. Also his minor pieces were very passively placed. Early in the middle game he had played ...a6 which created a serious weakness. The important file in the ending became the c-file and it was very instructive to see how White quickly took control and punished Black for his positional weaknesses. This was one of the last games Riumin ever won before his illness began to take its toll.


  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 Christmas 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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