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POSITION 94 

Black to Play & WIN 

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:3r2k1/p4ppp/1pnr4/4nPq1/3pP1P1/3B2R1/PP1NQ2P/5R1K: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 93

Jeno Ban (1919-1979). Hungarian endgame composer. Author of "The Tactics of Endgames" (1954). This is one of the finest books ever written on endgame studies. It is suitable both for the practical player and to those new to this art form.

Jeno Ban , 1962

White to Play & WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:6n1/8/6Pk/3P3P/8/7K/8/8:

The Black King is tied down looking after the kingside pawns and the Knight has to watch the d-pawn. The pawn at h5 is safe from capture because the King mustn't leave the square of the g-pawn. The Black Knight would then become overloaded in stopping both the d and g-pawns. The winning plan here is very simple: To win the Knight for the passed d-pawn. White has to carefully decide his route towards the d-pawn in order to support it.

1.d6 ...

1.Kh4? Ne7 2.d6 Nf5+=; 1.Kg4 Nf6+= The Knight wins the pawn.

1... Nf6

Black has no choice.

2.Kh2! ...

This is the key move to the study and you must understand before continuing why other moves only draw. It is difficult to believe that retreating the King is the way to make progress but check out the variations and you will see it is true. 2.Kh4? Kg7!! and White can only draw. 3.Kg5 (3.Kh3 Nxh5 4.d7 Nf4+=) 3...Ne4+=; 2.Kg2? Nxh5 3.d7 Nf4+=; 2.Kg3? Nxh5 3. d7 Nf4+ and the Knight can get back to stop the pawn from queening. This idea is echoed in the variations.

2... Kg7

3.Kg1 Kh6

4.Kf1 ...

4.Kf2 Ne4+=

4... Kg7

Black is forced into shuffling pieces.

5.Ke1! ...

Whites plan is now clear. The King is making for the Queenside in order to support his d-pawn. 5.Ke2? Nxh5 6.d7 Nf4+=.

5... Kh6

6.Kd1 Kg7

7.Kc2 Kh6

8.Kb2! ...

8.Kd3? Nxh5 9.d7 Nf4+ 10.Ke4 Ne6 11.Ke5 The King is going to support the g-pawn but still he cannot win. 11...Nd8 12.Kf6 Nc6 13.g7 Kh7=; 8.Kc3? Ne4+=; 8.Kb3? Ne4! 9.d7 Nc5+=.

8... Kg7

9.Ka3 Kh6

10.Kb4! ...

10.Ka4? Ne4=; 10.Ne4? 11.d7 Nc5+=.

10... Kg7

11.Kc5 ...

The win is in sight. The passed d-pawn will cost Black his Knight. The King can now support the pawn without worrying about dangerous Knight forks.

11... Kf8

12.h6 WINS

Did you notice that time was not important in the middle part of this ending. White always had a choice of moves after his King has reached the back rank. Black can only shuffle his pieces between the same squares and White can carry out his winning plan at any time. The pawn at h5 is poison, it cannot be safely taken because the Knight will be overloaded. It cannot stop both the d and g-pawn. A beautiful ending by Jeno Ban and richly deserved its first prize in the study competition Tidskrift for Schack 1962.


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