PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

9/1/2000

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 Alexander Vojna, Henryk Kalafut, Paul Cheng and Federico Giallombardo
THIS WEEK

POSITION 122

White to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:R7/8/P4pp1/5k1p/7P/r4PP1/4K3/8:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 121

Vitold Yakimchik (1911-1977) Russian master of the endgame study. Composed a number of delightful studies. Won many prizes in composing competitions. Material Scientist by Profession.

  Vitold Yakimchik, 1970

White to play & DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/p6p/7n/3P4/5K2/7P/7P/7k: 

The endgame composer starts out with the mundane pieces and pawns controlled by the usual rules and just occasionally he creates an extraordinary composition. Here the pieces take on a different disguise, the King and Knight start to dance together, to create a magical carousel.

1.Ke5!...

1.d6? Nf7 2.d7 a5 3.Ke4 Kxh2 4.h4 h5 -+ Black is winning because White cannot hold back both the a and h-pawn.

1... Nf7+

1...a5 2.Ke6 a4 3.d6 a3 4.d7 a2 5.d8Q a1Q 6.Qd5+=

2.Ke6 Ng5+

The Knight can go in the other direction: 2...Nd8+ 3.Kd7 Nb7 4.Kc6= 

3.Kf5 Nf3

4.Ke4 Nd2+

4...Kg2 5.h4! Nd2+! Same idea as in the main line. 5...Nxh4? is a serious mistake: 6.d6 Nf3 7.h4! Nd2+ 8.Kd5+-

5.Kd3 Nb3

6.Kc4  ...

White has a perpetual attack against the Knight. The King always threatens the Knight. The Knight moves so that it can give check every other move.

6.... Na5+

7.Kb5 Nb7

8.Kc6 Nd8+

9.Kd7 Nf7

10.Ke6 Ng5+

The Knight has completed a circle.

10...Nh8 11.d6 Ng6 12.Kf6! Nf8 13.Ke7 Ng6+ 14.Kf6=

11.Kf5 DRAW

The King and Knight are involved in a dance.They move systematically around the board. It is a perpetual chase. The Knight can be pursued in either direction. This perpetual attack will lead to the repetition of the position or the completion of 50 moves so we have a very unusal positional draw. Without doubt this study is a wonderful artistic achievement.

Gens Una Sumas.

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COMPETITIONS 2000

Two major competitions for the 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. This event will run from 2/1/2000 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. The relative position of the solver's name on the ladder will decide the allocation of prizes.

Winners will be announced in January 2001.


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CUMULATIVE COMPETITION  

Paul Cheng tie with Tina & Hassan Aitlahcen on 36 points to win in December. Paul Berelos comes second with 31 points. Giallombardo comes 3rd with 10 points.

Congratulations to Paul Cheng who is the overall winner because he has climbed the ladder 3 times.

Cumulative 2000 starts NOW !! 


  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.


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