PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

21/11/99

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 Henryk Kalafut & Paul Cheng.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 116

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:4b3/2n1k3/pp2p1p1/3pP1P1/PK1N4/3B4/1PP5/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 115

Tigran Gorgiev (1910-1976) A brilliant Soviet study composer from the Ukraine. He began his chess career as a player but switched to study composing and had great success. 

T. Gorgiev, 1962 

White to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:n7/1p1k4/P2B3p/1R1p4/8/4qr2/Q6K/8:

Black is threatening to mate in three moves starting with ....Rh3+ 

 1.Bg3!! ...

A wonderful sacrificial move which combines defence with attack. The mate threat is halted and at the same time White threatens an attack on the Black monarch starting with Qxd5+.

1...Rxg3

1...Nc7 is no better: 2.Rxb7 Ke6 3.Qg2 Rxg3 4.Qxg3 Qe2+ 5.Kg1 Qd1+ 6.Kg2 Qe2+ 7.Qf2 Qg4+ 8.Kf1 Qh3+ 9.Ke2 Qh5+ 10.Kd2 Qg5+ 11.Qe3+ Qxe3+ 12.Kxe3 Nxa6 13.Rb6+ Ke5 14.Rxa6 d4+ 15.Kd3 h5 16.Rh6 wins.

2.Qxd5+ Ke8

The only King move available; the others lead to a quick mate.

3.Qh5+ Kd8

4.Rd5+! ...

The King is driven into the corner.

4...Kc8

5.Qf5+ Kb8

6.Rd8+ Ka7

A beautiful finale now starts with the offered sacrifice of the Rook which cannot be accepted, followed by the sacrifice of the Queen.

7.Rxa8+! ...

7...Kb6

8.Qa5+! Kxa5

9.axb7+ Kb5

10.b8Q+ WINS. 


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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 .


Newcomers are welcomed to take part in the cumulative competition.
   

Click here for the NEW weekly >> CUMULATIVE COMPETITION  

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


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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