PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

5/12/99

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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THIS WEEK

POSITION 118

Black to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:1rb4k/2r4p/n2p1p2/ppnPp1pP/2p1P1P1/P1P1PK2/RP1B4/2RBN3:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 117

Artur Havasi (1864-1939) Prolific Hungarian endgame composer. His half brother was the famous International player Kornel Havasi. 

A. Havasi, 1923  

White to play & WIN

 

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

This study belongs to a set of endgame compositions of the same material (NNvR) that Havasi composed in the early twenties and which appeared in the Chess Amateur in 1923. White sacrifices both his Knights in order to queen the e-pawn.

1.Ne4! ...

There may be a possible win with: 1.e7? Ra8 2.Ne4 2. Re8 3.Nf5 Rxe7 4.Nxe7 but it is longwinded and very difficult.

1... Rxd4

1...Ra8? 2.Nxf6 b5 3.e7 b4 4.Ne6 b3 5.Nd8 b2 6. e8Q +-

2.Nd2+! Rxd2

2...Kb2? 3.e7 Rf4+ 4.Ke2 Rf5 Ke2 +-

3.e7 Rd1+

The Rook cannot directly stop the the pawn from queening and all it can do is keep checking. The White King goes on an ingenious journey to avoid these checks.

4.Kf2 Rd2+

5.Kf3 Rd3+

6.Kf4 Rd4+

7.Kf5 Rd5+

8.Kxf6 Rd6+

9.Kf5 Rd5+

10.Kf4 Rd4+

11.Kf3 Rd3+

12.Ke2 Wins.

The study makes a deep impression and one is aware of the composition of a true artist of the chessboard whose work seems to be have been neglected in modern times. 

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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.


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  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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