PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY.

26/9/99

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 108 

White to Play & WIN  

FORSYTH NOTATION:1r6/3b1pP1/3kpP1p/pp1pR2P/2pP2B1/2P5/r1PK4/1R6:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 107

Aleksander Herbstman (1900-1982). Top Soviet Endgame Composer who won many prizes. His book, Soviet Chess Problems became very popular both at home and abroad. He died in Sweden two years after emigrating from the USSR. 

Herbstman, 1929

White to Play & WIN  

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/2B5/8/5B2/k7/P4n2/2Kp1rP1/8: 

The position illustrates the theme of Domination which is beloved by study composers. Here we see the strength of the Bishop pair in an open position against a passed pawn and Blacks King which is caught at the side of the board. The Rook in this position, guarding the d-pawn, lacks mobility and will be dominated by the Bishops.

The King is driven to the corner of the board.

1. Bd7+ Kxa3

1. gxf3 d1=Q 2. Kxd1 Rxf3 3. Bd7+ Kxa3 =

2. Bd6+ Ka2

3. Be6+ Ka1

4. gxf3 Re2

The composer's continuation is: 4... d1Q 5. Kxd1 Rxf3 6. Ke2! The Bishops dominate the Black Rook; there is no escape !!

4...Re2 allows Black to survive a little longer. The value of the study is not affected because in the ...Re2 line Black is clearly lost. In practice it would be worth playing this move. Even in a lost position your opponent has to demonstrate he knows how to win and in long endings tiredness or over confidence leading to a lack of concentration becomes an important factor in deciding the final result.

5. Bf5 ...

5.Bg4 Rg26.Bh3 Rg6 7.Be5+ Ka2 8.f4 White wins easily with the advance of the pawn.

5... Ka2

5... d1=Q 6. Kxd1 Rf2 7. Be5+ Ka2 8.f4 Kb3 9. Be6+ Kb4 10. f5 +-

6. f4 d1=Q

7. Kxd1 Re8 

Black decides to free his last remaining piece but the ending is WON because the f-pawn will advance and eventually cost the Black Rook.
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