PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

28/11/99

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 and Tina &. Hassan Aitlahcen.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 117

White to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/1p6/4Pp2/8/r2N4/8/5N2/1k3K2:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 116

Lev Aronin (1920-1982) Soviet International Master. His best result was coming second to Paul Keres in the Soviet Championship of 1950. He made a sensational start by scoring 6 out of 7 but Keres overtook him in the latter part of the tournament. He has written a number of original articles on the game and has made important contributions to opening theory.

Aronin vs Boleslavsky

Moscow, 1952

White to play & WIN

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

White has a strong positional plus with both minor pieces better placed. With his first move he opens up the position so that the King can infiltrate into the enemy position and attack the weakened queenside pawns.

1.a5! b5

Black has no real alternative move:

1...bxa5+? 2. Kxa5 Nb5 3. Nxb5 axb5 4.Bxb5+-

1...Nb5? 2.Nxb5 Bxa5+ 3.Kxa5 axb5 4.Bxb5+-

1...Na8? 2.Bxa6 bxa5+ 3.Kxa5 +- 

2.Kc5 Kd7 

The King and Knight now work together to attack Black's weakness which is a6. There is no answer to to this plan.

3. Nc6 Bf7

4. Kb6 Be8

4....Na8+ 5.Kb7 Nc7 6.Nb8+ Kd8 7.Nxa6 Nxa6 8.Kxa6 WINS 

5.Nb8+ Kc8  

The a6 pawn falls and Blacks position collapses.

6.Nxa6 Nxa6

7. Kxa6 Kc7

8.Bxb5+WINS

The final event of the millennium endgame solving competition starts next week: 5/12/99


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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  

Henryk Kalafut of the United States wins in November.


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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