PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY.

29/8/99

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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POSITION 104 

Black to Play & WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/5pkp/3p4/p1pPn1pB/PpP1P3/1P4P1/6KP/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 103

Abram Gurvich (1897-1962) Soviet study composer. International Judge of Chess Compositions. Active as a composer in the golden period of the late 20s and after the Second World War. He belonged to the second generation of Soviet composers who carried on the work of Troitsky, Kubbel and the Platov brothers. He won many prizes.

Gurvich, 1927

White to Play & DRAW

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:k3B2r/rn6/8/3N4/7B/1K6/8/8:  

Not an easy study to solve !! The solution is far from obvious but it helps if you are already aware of the positional draw which is the finale of this compositon. You may be tempted to say that this is not a very practical position and therefore not of much use. I feel this is a narrow attitude because such studies sharpen our tactical ability and help us get to grips with areas of theory of which we may not be familiar.

White's Bishops at h4 is threatened by the Rook. The other Bishop is guarded indirectly by the Knight fork at c7.

1.Nb6+ ...

This is the only move to draw. 1.Bg3? Na5+ 2.Kb4 Rxe8 3.Nc7+ Rxc7 4.Bxc7 and white is lost.

1... Kb8

2.Bg3+ Nd6

3.Bxd6+ Kb7

White has to cope with a double attack.

4.Bd7!! ...

This is the most difficult move to find and it is not easy to understand. The Bishop guards h3 against an unwanted check. The obvious continuation 4.Bc5? hoping to win back an exchange with a Knight fork loses to a deep trap: 4...Rxe8 5.Nc4 Ra6! 6.Nd6+ Kc6 (...Rxd6=)7.Nxe8 Kxc5 8.Ng7 Rf6! 9.Nh5 Rf5 10.Ng7 Re5 and the Knight is lost. A remarkable variation.

4...Kxb6

Other moves only draw so why not take the Knight?

5.Be5! ...

Besides attacking the Rook, White threatens to win back an exchange with 6.Bd4+

5...Rh4!

Black defends against the threat.

6.Bg3 Rd4!

The Rook does not avoid the pin. A look with the endgame tablebase will indicate that all other moves lead to a drawn Bishop vs Rook ending. Black thinks his material advantage will be enough to win but he is in for a nasty surprise.

7.Bf2 Raxd7

8.Kc3 Kc5

Black defends his Rook.

9.Be3! DRAW

A wonderful effort by Gurvich! An unbelievable end! An extraordinary positional draw! Despite Blacks two Rooks he cannot win against a lone Bishop. White only needs to play a waiting move Bf2 or Bg1. If Black tries to break the pin with a King move, a drawn Bishop vs Rook ending will be the result. 


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Important Dates


  SPECIAL MILLENNIUM ENDGAME SOLVING COMPETITION

The competitor's 3 highest scores only will count. The winner will be announced in FEBRUARY 2000. The prize will be £100 or equivalent. In the case of a tie the prize will be shared.The MILLENNIUM COMPETITION closes with the Christmas event. No new participant can be considered for the prize.

 

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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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