PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY. 23/5/99

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 90

White to Play & WIN  

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:r5k1/4Rp1p/2q2npB/3pQp2/3P4/2P4P/5PP1/6K1: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 89

John Selman (1910-1978) was an outstanding Dutch endgame composer. He advocated the highest standards of scholarship regarding the authentic history of individual endgame studies. He did original research in this area and was an expert on the Saavedra position.

The following position was developed from an earlier study of his composed in 1940. He improved the introduction and achieved great success:

1st Prize, Tijdschrift, 1949

White to Play & WIN  

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:2b4k/8/5P2/8/3N2p1/4r3/8/B1K5:

White has a powerful "battery" along the a1-h8 diagonal and a strong passed pawn. Black has no direct method to stop the promotion of the f-pawn but keeps checking the Monarch. White finds a wonderful way to avoid the attention of the Rook and the light squares which are "mined."

1.Nf5! ....

The Knight cannot be taken because of the threat 2.f7+

1...Re1+

1...Bxf5? 2.f7+wins

1...Kg8? Black gives up the Rook. This may not be as silly as it looks; White has to over come a number of technical problems in order to win: 2.Nxe3+- g3 3.Kd2 Ba6 4.Bd4 Kf8 5.Nf5 g2 6.Nd6 Kg8 7.Ke1 Bd3 8.Kf2 Bg6 (8...Bf1 9.Be3 Kh7 10.f7 Kg7 11.Bh6+ wins) 9.Kxg2 Kf8 10.Kg3 Bh5 11.Kh4 Bd1 12.Be3 Bb3 13.Bh6+ Kg8 14.Kg5 Ba2 15.Kg6 Bb1+ 16.Nf5 and wins by a mating attack. (Mike Fitch)

2.Kd2!...

Other moves lose quickly.

2...Rxa1

3.f7 ...

A facinating position. The Rook cannot prevent the pawn from queening; The minor pieces are in the way. Blacks only hope is to go for a perpetual.

3...Ra2+

4.Ke1! ...

4.Kc1? Ra1+ (4...Rc2+?? 5.Kd1!) 5.Kb2 Ra2+! 6.Kc3 Rc2+ 7.Kb4= (7.Kd4?? Rd2+ wins.)

4... Ra1+

5.Kf2! g3+

6.Ke3! ...

The pawn is poisoned: 6.Kxg3? Rg1+ 7.Kf4 Rg8!! and Black draws.

6... Ra3+

7.Kf4 ...

7.Kd4? Rd3+ =

7... Ra4+

8.Kg5 ...

The Monarch finds the only safe route. Black has one more spite check:

8... Rg4+

9.Kh6! ...

9.Kxg4? Bxf5+ 10.Kxg3=

9.Kf6? Rg8! =

Now we have the original finish of the 1940 study:

9... Rg8

9...Rg6+? 10.Kxg6 Bxf5+ 11.Kf6! Wins

10.Ne7! Be6

10...Rd8 11.Ng6#

11.fxg8Q+ Bxg8 12.Ng6# 

A marvelous finish which was repeated by Korolkov in a study two years later and who at the time was unaware of Selman's supreme effort.

 At the risk of boring some of you I will mention an easy way to transfer chess positions and analysis to ChessBase. In fact I will point you to a excellent article by Steve Lopez at the ChessBase site. When you reach the site, click on his Electronic T-Note for January 10th 1999. The technique he descibes for copying chess games is nearly the same for positions. To quickly summarise: The Forsyth Notation such as for position 89 is highlighted and then copied using the right hand mouse button and then you switch to ChessBase. Go to Game and then to Setup Position window then you use the FEN paste button. As if by magic the diagram appears. You then press OK and the main analysis board appears. It is now possible to analyse the position using the Fritz Engine or to copy and paste analysis from the internet site. You need to practise the techniqe first, preferably off line, before trying it for real. You will soon get the idea.


  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 EASTER Endgame Solving Tournament scoring grade A and leads the race for the millennium prize. There is a tie for second place between David Rowe, Mike Fitch and Henryk Kalafut scoring B+

 

 

 

The overall scores for the millennium prize are as follows:

Patrick Peschlow GERMANY

David Rowe ENGLAND

Mike Fitch USA

Henryk Kalafut USA/POLAND

 

 

A A

B+B+

B+

B+

 

Click here >> Solutions 

Next competition starts: 13th JUNE


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