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8/8/99

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 101

White to Play & DRAW

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:6B1/4n3/1k6/6B1/8/5K2/3p4/3r4:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 100

Vladas Mikenas (1910-92) Played top board for the Lithuania Olympiad team and after the Second World War became a Soviet international master. He won the Baltic Championship in 1945 and 1965. Vladas competed 10 times in the Soviet championship with his best result coming =5th, in 1944.  

Mikenas vs Czerniak

Buenos Aires, 1939 

White to Play & WIN

 

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

Mikenas has just played a long combination to reach this won position. The Black king is vunerable to attack by the White Rooks who have open lines in which to operate.

 1.Rd8+ Kg7

2.b4! ...

The Knight is driven away so that it is no longer guarding the Bishop and the d7 square.

2... Ne6

The fork of the two Rooks is of no consequence because of the forthcoming check.

3.Rd7+ Kg6?

This was the move played in the game and Black is in serious trouble. Moving the King to the back rank offers stiffer resistance but the Rooks are just too strong. 3...Kh8 4.Rff7 Bc6 ( 4...Bxg2 is no better as it is vunerable to a fork here)5.Rd6 Kg8 6.Re7+-

4.Rg4+ Kf5

4...Kh5 5,f3 White is threatening both 6. Rxh7mate and the win of the Bishop. This threat cannot be avoided.

5.f3! ...

Black could give up the Bishop for a pawn now but still has to deal with the threat of mate; 5...Bxf3 6.gxf3 Kf6 (to stop the mate at f7) 7.Rxh7 and White has the advantage of two passed pawns and the exchange +-.

5...Re1+

This lifts the threat of mate but after Whites reply Black has two pieces hanging. Black is going to lose material and has no compensation. There is no adequate defence.

6.Kd2 Bxf3

7.gxf3 ...

Black resigned.

Just to add insult to injury even the Knight is doomed. 7...Ra1 8.Rf7+ Ke5 9.Re4+ Kd6 10.Rf6

A wonderful ending by Mikenas. A powerful example of the strength of two Rooks in an open position.

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