PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

12/12/99

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 119

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION: 8/6p1/6B1/4K3/4pN2/6p1/5b2/4N1k1:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 118

Lajos Steiner (1903-1975) International Master. He was Hungarian Champion in 1936 and played for Hungary in three Olympiads, 1931, 1933, and 1935. Just before the Second World War he emigrated to Australia and became the strongest player there winning the national championship a number of times. His brother was Herman Steiner (1905-1955) who emigrated to the United States and ran the famous Los Angeles club which was often frequented by Hollywood film stars.

Dr Wiarda vs L. Steiner

Bad Schandua, 1927

Black to play & WIN

 

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

Steiner needed to win this game to take outright first place. A draw would have meant sharing 1st prize with five other competitors. Therefore White has to take some risk in order to win. The sacrifice of the Bishop has a good chance of success because of Whites weakened pawn structure and the badly placed dark squared Bishop. The White Rooks lack mobility whereas the Black Rooks will gain open lines.

1...Bxg4+!

White has to take the sacrifice; if 2.Kg3 Bxd1 3.Rxd1 Nxe4 + White wins two pawns, while after 2.Kg2 Bxd1 3.Rxd1 Nxe4 gives the same result.

2.Kxg4 Nxe4

White now has to guard the attacked Bishop. But not 3.Rc2? f5+ and Blacks attack is winning. The pawn cannot be taken because of 4.Kxf5 Rf8+ 5.Kg4 Nf2+ The Knight fork wins back the piece and the ending is easily won. 3.b4 cxb3 4. Bxb3 f5+ is not much better, Black is still winning.

3.Nf3 Rg8!

4.Bc2 f5+!

5.Kxf5 g4

6.Bxe4...

The Knight has to go or White will find himself in a mating net.

6...gxf3

7.Ke6 Rd8!

8.Bg6...

A desperate attempt to escape the mating net.

8....hxg6

9.hxg6 Kg7

10.Rh1 Nc5+

A tremendous square for the Knight. White is only playing with half his army and will not have time to recover. The passed f-pawn will decide the game.

11.Kf5 Rf8 12.Kg4 Kxg6 13.Raa1 Ne4 14. Rh2 Rh7 15. Rxh7 Kxh7 16.Rh1+ Kg6 White Resigned. The f-pawn is too powerful and will cost the Bishop.

I have been very fortunate recently to gain the analytical contribution of a famous gentleman who will from time to time give his reflections on a number of interesting endings and endgame studies. I will keep you in suspense about his identity until next week. 


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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.


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.


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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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