PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY.

31/10/99

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 113

White to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:4k3/3p1p1p/1Ppp1p2/8/2P1K3/3P4/qB2R2P/8:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 112

Mark Taimanov (1926- ) Top Soviet Grandmaster and concert pianist. Somehow he has found the energy to combine two difficult and contrasting professions. He became persona non grata in his country after losing his 1971 candidate match (0-6) to Bobby Fischer. He overcame his isolation to look back positively to his match with Fischer and to continue his career. His courage and determination in the face of hardship has recently been rewarded when he won the World Veteran Championship. 

Taimanov vs Gawlikowski

Lodz, 1955

White to play & WIN (?)

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/7p/8/4k1p1/2K1P3/r7/P3R2P/8: 

White's passed a-pawn will become very strong and will eventually promote, costing the Rook. Black counterattacks by seeking to obtain his own passed pawn on the other wing and comes close to saving the game. White has to play precisely to gain the full point:

The King forces back the blockading Rook so that the a-pawn can advance.

1.Kb4 Ra8

2.a4 Rb8+

3.Kc5...

The King and pawn are going to advance by the "Combined Method" which was discovered by the great Russian analyst, Grigoriev.

3...Ra8

4.Kb5 Rb8+

5.Kc6...

The king occupies the position two squares diagonally from the pawn.

5...Ra8

6.Ra2!...

Whites only chance of winning lies with the a-pawn. The e-pawn is sacrificed so that the Rook becomes active and progress can be made with the a-pawn.

6...Kxe4

7.Ra3!!...

This is the key move and so easily overlooked. The King must be stopped from going to f3 where it will be able to aid his pawns. Taimanov had played the ending admirably up to here but now he made a mistake with 7.a5? and his opponent returned the error with another: 7...g4?; The correct move is 7...Kf3! which draws: 8.a6 g4 9.Kb7 Rg8 10.a7 h5 11.a8Q Rxa8 12.Kax8 h4 13.Ra4 h3=. Further mistakes were made in the game which was eventually drawn. After hours of analysis I have not found a draw for Black after 7.Ra3!! The main line continues:

7...g4 8.a5 h5 9.a6 h4 10.Kb7 Rh8 10...Rf8 11.a7 g3 12.hxg3 h3 13.g4+- ; 10...Rg8 11.a7 g3 12.hxg3 h3 13.g4+- 11.a7 g3 12.hxg3 h3 13.g4 h2 14.Ra1 Kf3 15.g5 WINS. 


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