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POSITION 95

White to Play & WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION :1R6/2pk4/1P6/8/3r4/K7/P7/8: 


  LAST WEEK, POSITION 94

Eugene Znosko-Borovsky (1884-1954) Russian emigre, belonged to a select group of chessmasters who made their home in France after the Revolution. Although he had reasonable success in tournaments he is primarily remembered as a writer of chessbooks for club players. The most popular of these is The Middle Game in Chess (1938) which went through a number of editions.

Znosko-Borovsky vs Burn

Ostend, 1906

Black to Play & WIN 

 

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

  Znosko-Borovsky shows that an isolated passed pawn can be very dangerous if not blockaded properly.  White has just played the Knight from b3-d2. It should have gone to c1, in order to recapture with the Knight after the Bishop had been taken. The Knight would have been a much better blockader at d3 than the Rook which soon has to move away from the blockading square.

1... Nxd3!

2.Rxd3 Ne5

The Rook has to give way for the pawn to advance.

3.Rg3 d3!

Whites position is critical. The passed pawn has become very powerful.

4.Qg2 Rc6!

The Rook will penetrate deeply into Whites position.

5.Nf3 Nxf3

6.Qxf3 Rc1

7.Rgg1 Rxf1

8.Rxf1 Qd2

9.Rb1 ...

The alternative moves are much worse:

9.Rf2 Qxf2 10.Qxf2 d2-+;

9.Qf2 Qxf2 10.Rxf2 d2-+;

9.Rd1 Qxb2 10.Rxd3 Qb1+-+;

9.Qg2 Qc2 (9...Qe3 10.Qg3 Qxe4+ 11.Qg2 Qe5-+) 10.Qf3 d2 11.Rd1 Qxb2-+.

9... Qe2

10.Qg2 ...

10.Qxe2 dxe2 11.Re1 Rd1-+

10... Qe3

10...Qxg2+ 11.Kxg2 d2 12.Rd1=

11.Rd1 d2

Tarrasch: "A very beautiful position. Nothing can move ! Every piece stands hard and fast."

12.h3 Qe1+ 13.Qg1 Qe2 14.e5 14.Qf1 Qxf1+ 15.Rxf1 d1Q-+ 14...Rd3! White Resigns. White only has: 15.Qf1 Rxh3+ 16.Qxh3 Qxd1+ 17.Kh2 Qe2+

  Emanuel Lasker admired this game very much, " It is a game of classic simplicity and beauty~the management of the isolated Qp being masterly."  Tarrasch in his notes to this game pointed out the importance of trying to block the passed pawn with the Knight going from b3-c1-d3. This was written in 1906, some time before Nimzowitzsch had formulated his ideas about the blockade, the principle of restrain-blockade and destroy. Instead of a weakness the d-pawn became a power of strength because White was unable to restrain and attack the passed pawn.


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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+

 


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