PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME or BRIAN'S CHESS FOLLY.

7/11/99

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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Thanks to Paul Cheng, Henryk Kalafut and Tina & Hassan Aitlahcen.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 114

Black to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/1k2Kp2/5Pp1/8/8/8/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 113

Thomas Rayner Dawson (1889-1951) English composer, known affectionately as T.R.D. One of the world's great problemists. He was a pioneer of fairy chess problems and retrograde analysis but also a gifted endgame composer. He was also an international authority on the material rubber and he founded and maintained an important technical library for the Rubber Association. 

  T. R. Dawson, 1947

White to play & WIN

 

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

Not too difficult to solve. White unleashes a discovered check on the King with his own monarch who also protects the Rook. White now threatens a discovered attack against the Black Queen and at the same time threatens to mate the enemy King on the back rank. This double threat proves impossible to defend against.

1.Kf3+Kf8

2.Bc1! ...

Double attack. White threatens (a) to take the Queen (b) to mate in two moves: 3.Bh6+ Kg8 4.Re8#

2... Qa8

The only reasonable move to defend against both threats but it is not adequate.

3.Bh6+ Kg8

4.Rg2+...

4.b7! also wins ...Qb8 5.Rg2+ Kh8 6.Bg7+ Kg8 7.Bxf6+ Kf8 8.Rg7! Qxb7 There is no escape from the back rank mate: 9.Rxh7 c5+10.Kg3 Qg2+11.Kxg2 ~12.Rh8#  

4...Kh8

5.Bg7+ Kg8

6.Bxf6+ ...

The second discovered check.

6...Kf8

7.Bg7+ Kg8

7...Ke7 8.Re2+ Kd8 9.Bf6+ Kc8 10.Re8++-

8.Be5+...

The third and last discovered check which has done so much damage.

8... Kf8

9.Bxd6+ Ke8

10.Rg8#

A delightful study by Dawson, not too deep but nice to relax with !! 

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COMPETITIONS 2000

Two major competitions for the new year

1. Endgame Solving Tournament 2000. This will consist of 3 events: these will take place at Easter, Summer and Christmas each consisting of 5 positions to solve, 15 in all. Participants have to take part in all three events to be considered for the prize of £100 or equivalent. Present strict rules will apply; no computer analysis.

2. Cumulative 2000. Prizes: 1st £50 or equivalent, 2nd £30, 3rd £20; Entries limited to 20 solvers. Join now to book a place and get some practice. Present active cumulative participants will have priority of entry. This event will run from 3/1/2000 to 30/12/2000. 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.

Winners will be announced in January 2001.


 AUTUMN ENDGAME COMPETITION >>  Solutions + Winners

Vojna Alexander and Henryk Kalafut come joint first followed by Patrick Peschlow..


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CUMULATIVE COMPETITION  

Mike Fitch of the United States & Paul Cheng of Hong Kong win in October.


Important Dates

MILLENNIUM COMPETITION closes with the Christmas event. No new participant can be considered for the £100 prize.


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