PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY.

12/7/99

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 97

White to Play & DRAW 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION :2N5/8/4P3/6B1/k7/8/K2b4/6q1: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 96

Jacques Mieses (1865-1954) International Grandmaster. He came to England as a refugee from Germany before the start of World War II and belonged to the Romantic School of chess preferring the direct attack against the King rather than playing for positional advantage. His best results came in 1907 when he came 1st at Vienna ahead of Duras, Maroczy and Schlechter. Later in the year he came 3rd= with Nimzowitsch after Bernstein and Rubinstein at the Masters tournament in Ostend. Mieses wrote a number of interesting books of which the most popular was: Instructive Positions from Master Chess (1938). He became well liked in his adopted country and was the first British player to be awarded the Grandmaster title. 

Mieses vs Wolf

Carlsbad, 1907

White to Play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:3rr1k1/p1p2ppp/1p3n2/2PP4/8/4BP2/P4P1P/1R1R2K1:

An objective of endgame strategy is often to obtain a viable passed pawn which will not be easily blockaded or attacked. Mieses plays a combination which after the exchanges gives him such a pawn.

1.d6! cxd6

He now has the choice between gaining a passed a- or d-pawn.

2.cxb6! ...

This is the correct decision, gaining the outside passed a-pawn which will be difficult to stop. The passed d-pawn is the weaker choice because White cannot make any progress with it:

2.Rxd6? Rxd6 3.cxd6 Kf8 4.Rd1 Rd8 and Black can contain the d-pawn;

2.cxd6? Kf8 3.Rbc1 Re5 4.h3 Ra5 5.Rd2 Rd5 Black gains adequate counterplay.

2... axb6

3.Bxb6 Ra8

4.Ra1! ...

The win depends on White keeping the passed a-pawn. Black's d-pawn is weak and will therefore need defending..

4... Re6

5.a4 Nd7

6.Bc7 Ra6

7.a5 ...

Here we see the advantage of having a strong passed pawn. Some of Blacks pieces are tied up coping with the pawn so his weaknesses become vulnerable to White's pieces which have more freedom.

7... Kf8

8.Rab1 (White begins to transfer his Rooks to the 7th Rank where they will have tremendous pressure. Black has no answer to this plan.) 8...Ke7 9.Rb7 Re5 (White now forces this Rook back to e6.) 10.f4 Re4 11.f3 Re2 12.Kf1 Re6 13.Bb6 (The Bishop makes way for the other Rook.)13...Rf6 14.Re1+ Re6 15.Rc1 Ra8 (The Rook has to go back to help the pinned Knight but now the a-pawn is free to advance.) 16.Rcc7 Rd8 17.a6 Ke8 18.Rxd7! (In the game Black played 18...a7 which still won but not so quickly.) Rxd7 19.a7! WINS ( Black cannot stop the pawn from being promoted.)

A beautiful ending from Mieses played with great virtuosity. Although a player of the Romantic Style he believed that a chessplayer could not do without a deep insight into the theory of the endgame. A player who lacks theoretical knowledge will be handicapped in practical play. He published his ideas in a small book called: Manual of the Endgame.(1947) To Mieses a player capable of conducting an endgame to the distant goal with clarity, firmness and complete familarity with all its tricks and traps is the sign of a first-class player.


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  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+

 


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