PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 07/10/2001

Editor: Brian Gosling

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Welcome to this active site. Each week I am going to present to you an 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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Oliver Scalbert and Gerard O'Reilly.
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THIS WEEK

POSITION 211

White to play and WIN

  

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/P1k5/3p4/8/2K3Rb/8/2p5/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 210

Mikhail Tal, (1936-1992).

8th World Champion (1960-61). International Grandmaster. Journalist. Six times Soviet champion and winner of many international tournaments.

Spassky vs Tal

Candidates Final, 1965

Black to Play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:6k1/5p1p/p2r1p2/P4P2/1p1p4/1N4PK/2B4P/8:

Tal reckons that his well-placed Rook and his two passed pawns will count for far more than White's two pieces. But did Spassky find the best defensive positions for his pieces ? We will follow the moves played in the game:

1...d3!

2.Bd1 Rd5

3.Kg4 Re5!

The Rook is beautifully placed here, ready to invade on the e-file.

4.Kf4?! ...

4.Kf3? would be a terrible mistake because of 4...Re1 and the Bishop is lost.

4.Bf3! looks a more active defence and makes the win very difficult: 4...Re2! (the same idea as in the game) 5.Kf4 and now we have two variations: (a) 5... Rxh2?! 6.Ke3 Rc2 7.Bb7 Rc3 8.Nd2 Rc5 9.Bxa6 Rxa5 10.Bxd3= ; (b) 5...Rb2! 6.Nd4 Rxh2 7.Ke3 Ra2 8.Kxd3 Rxa5 9.Kc4 Re5 10.Kxb4 a5+ 11.Ka4 Re3 12.Bb7 Rxg3 13.Kxa5 h5 14.Kb6 h4 15.Nf3 h3 16.Nh2 Rb3+ 17.Kc7 Rb5 18.Be4 Rb4 19.Bc6 Rf4--+;

4...Re2!

5.h4 ...

5.Bxe2?? dxe2 and the pawn will queen.

5... h5

6.Nc5 ...

6.Nd4? Re1 7.Bxh5 d2--+;

6...Re1

7.Bxh5

This was the sealed move and on adjournament analysis Spassky decided it was a hopeless situation and so resigned. One of the passed pawns will promte. The line he feared was: 7...d2 8.Nxa6 ( 8.Nd3 d1=Q 9.Bxd1 Rxd1 10.Nxb4 Rd4+ -+) 8...b3 and the b-pawn will queen.

This was Tal's only win in the match. Thus Spassky became Petrosian's challenger for the World Championship.

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  COMPETITIONS for 2001

1. Cumulative 2001 Prizes: 1st £100 or equivalent, 2nd £50, 3rd £30; 4th £20. (Total Prize Money=£200) Entries limited to 20 solvers. This event will run from 7/1/2001 to 30/12/2001. Present CUMULATIVE COMPETITION rules apply but note the prizes will go to those participants who climb the ladder the greatest number of times during the year. The relative position of the solver's name on the ladder will decide the allocation of prizes.

2. Endgame Solving Tournaments 2001. The nature of these events are changing. They will be directed at mainly new or intermediate solvers and will not be too difficult. No money prizes but a book prize for the highest placed newcomer. Events will take place at Easter, Summer and Christmas each consisting of 5 positions to solve. Present strict rules will apply; no computer analysis.


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