PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY.

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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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Thanks to Mike Fitch, Paul Cheng and Peter Beleolos


THIS WEEK

POSITION 100

White to Play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:6k1/1b5p/pp6/2n1r3/5R1P/2P5/PP3PP1/2KR4:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 99

John Roycroft (1929- ) English endgame composer. Composed about 20 studies so far. Founder of The Chess Endgame Study Circle in London in 1965 and editor of its magazine called EG. Also author of Test Tube Chess (1972) which was revised as The Chess Endgame Study (1981).

  Test Tube Chess (1972)

White to Play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:q7/5p2/3R4/4k3/7P/2K4B/5R2/8:  

Usually two Rooks and a Bishop are more than a good match for a Queen but in this position Black has a double attack: The King is threatening to take the Rook and there is also the less obvious threat of Qa3+ winning the Bishop. White redeems himself by a temporary sacrifice of the Rook.

1.Rd5+ ...

1.Rd3? Qa5+ 2.Kc4 Qa6+=Black has a perpetual;

1.Rdf6? Qa3+ 2.Kd2 Qxh3 and we have a difficult ending with the likely result a draw;

1.Rfd2? Qa3+ 2.Kc4 Qa4+ 3.Kc5 Qa5+ 4.Kc6 Qc3+ 5.Kb6 (5.Kd7 Qxh3+ 6.Ke7 Qxh4+ 7.Kxf7= Thompson Database.) 5...Qxh3 6.R2d5+ Ke4 7.Rd4+ Ke5 probably a draw.

1...Qxd5

Black cannot avoid taking the Rook with the Queen:

1...Kxd5? 2.Bg2+ wins the Queen;

1...Ke4? 2.Bg2+ Ke3 3.Rf3+ Ke4 4.Rxf7+ Ke3 5.Re5+ Qe4 6.Rxe4#

2.Rf5+ Kd6

3.Rxd5+ Kxd5

White remains a piece up and maybe Black can draw because the Bishop doesn't control the promotion square of the h-pawn?

4.h5 Ke5

The King stays in the square of the pawn.

5.h6 Kf6

6.Bf5! ...

Simple but of great classical beauty; one is reminded of the early studies of Troitzky. The King is forced away from the square of the pawn. Ironically if Black had no pawn he could now draw by placing his King on f7.

6...Kxf5

7.h7 wins

John Roycroft's Test Tube Chess (1972) [revised The Chess Endgame Study (1981)] is a very comprehensive introduction to the endgame study and deserves to be widely read and known among chessplayers.

If you find your interest in endgame studies growing you can do no better than subscibe to the magazine that John created and which is now produced by ARVES, the Dutch-Flemish Association for Engame Study. It has now become an international magazine with an editorial board who's members are drawn from many countries although John is still the editor-in-chief. EG appears each quarter and is in the English Language. It deals exclusively with endgame studies. To subscribe to EG, 22 euros (or the equivalent in USD - payment is also possible via PayPal) may be sent to: Marcel van Herck, Brialmontlei 66, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium. email: marcelvanherck@compuserve.com (updated October 2003).

I am starting a solving competition for the year 2000 which will be based on the new positions which occur each week. It is not so formal as the quarterly competitions and there are very few rules. It is ideal for the beginner and expert alike. It is meant to be flexible so you can take part as little or as much as you like and you have the option of using a computer program. I would now like to start a trial run which will last for 3 months. Please click below if you would like to see further details and perhaps take part in the trial. I hope they don't mind but I have aready recorded the scores of Mike Fitch, Paul Cheng and Peter Beleolos for position 99 to start the ball rolling.

CUMULATIVE COMPETITION


Summer Endgame Solving Tournament.

STARTS NOW: Click here >> positions Have a go !!

Positions to solve on long holiday journeys or when sunbathing on the beach !! 
  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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