PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY.

18/7/99

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 98

White to Play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION: 8/p3kp1p/p3p1p1/P1PpP3/3P4/1rPK4/2R2RPP/1r6: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 97

Gleb Zakhodyakin (1912-1982) Russian Endgame composer. Active for over five decades and who created many fine compositions. 

G. Zakhodyakin, 1962

White to Play & DRAW 

 

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

White is in a desperate situation. His only hope is being  able to convert the e-pawn to a Queen. The passed pawn must be pushed quickly so the first move is obvious.

 1.e7 Qe1

Blacks reply is forced. He must try and stop the pawn from queening.

2.Be3!! ...

A beautiful move. The Queen can no longer see the pawn so Blacks reply is forced. It must not be allowed to promote so the Bishop is taken.

2... Qxe3

The problem with the Queen on this square is that it can now be open to tactical threats from the Knight.

3.Nb6+ ...

Again Black has no real choice. If the Queen captures the Knight 3...Qxb6 White draws with 4.e8Q+. I'll let you work out the variations ! If the King goes to either a5 or b4 White wins the Black Queen with a Knight fork.

3... Kb5

4.Nd5! ...

This is a very powerful Knight. It dominates the board. Besides guarding the pawn and attacking the Queen, White is now threatening: 5.e8Q+ Qxe8 6.Nc7+ forking the Queen and King thus drawing the game.

4... Qa7+

It is difficult to believe that this position is drawn but what can Black do?

5.Kb1 Qg1+

White has to be careful where he places his King.

6.Ka2! ...

6.Kb2? Qc1+ 7.Ka2 (7.Kb3 Qb1+ 8.Ka3 Bc1#) 7...Qc2+ 8.Ka1 Bc3+;

6.Kc2? Qc1+ 7.Kd3 Qc4+! 8.Kxd2 Qxd5+

Black has two alternatives: He can keep on repeating the checks or he can place his Queen at g8 to capture the promoted pawn but they both lead to a draw.

6... Qg8

6...Qh2 7.e8Q+ Kc5 8.Kb3 Kxd5=(Thompson Database)

6...Kc5 7.e8Q Kxd5= (Thompson Database)

7.e8Q+ Qxe8

8.Nc7+DRAW

A difficult, but very imaginative study which shows that even in a apparent "lost" position a dangerous passed pawn can offer hope of survival. The support was offered to the pawn by the Knight which played an heroic role. Studies like these teach us never to resign in a difficult ending until we have examined all the options; there might just be a save against all the odds. Such a move is not a swindle but a realization of the potential that might exist in any practical ending where a pawn is close to being promoted.


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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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