PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

23/1/2000

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, Mike Fitch  and Federico Giallombardo
THIS WEEK

POSITION 124

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/1p1b4/6k1/2Pp3p/3P1p1P/8/6PK/5B2:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 123

Ghenrikh Kasparyan (1910-1995) Soviet International Master and brilliant endgame composer. He won the Armenian championship ten times. The young Petrosian was one of his rivals and they had many tough battles against each other. It is for his studies that he will be chiefly remembered; he won many prizes in competitions. Kasparyan is regarded as one of the greatest study composers of the 20th Century. Author of "Domination in 2545 Endgame Studies."(1980)

Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1949 

White to play & DRAW

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:4Bk2/5p2/2K5/1p3P2/2b2P2/8/1n6/2N5: 

Here we have a similar theme to the Yakimchik study we looked at a few weeks ago. White achieves a very unusual positional draw by having a perpetual attack against the Black Knight. But before White can bring about this remarkable defence, the dangerous b-pawn has to be captured.

1.Bd7 b4

Black pushes the passed pawn knowing that it will cost White a piece.

1... Ke7 2. f6+! Kxf6 3. Kc5 Na4+ 4.Kb4=

1...Na4 2.Kd6 =

2.Kc5 b3

3.Kb4 Na4!

White must capture the dangerous b-pawn.

4.Nxb3 Bxb3

White is a piece down and the drawing method is far from obvious.

5.Bc6!! ...

This is the key move to this original study.

5.Kxb3? Nc5+The Knight fork wins for Black;

5.Bxa4? Bxa4 6.Kxa4 Ke7 Black wins the K& P ending.

5...Bd1

White now keeps the King out of the game.

6.f6! ...

The threat is to take the knight, drawing the ending.

6...Nb6

The Knight tries to run but White has a perpetual attack. There is no escape.

7.Kc5 Na4+

7...Nc8 8.Bd7 Na7 9.Kb6=

8.Kb4 Nb2

9.Kc3 Ba4!

10.Bf3! Nd1+

11.Kd2 Nf2

12.Ke3 Nd1+ 12...Nh3 13.Bg4 Ng1 14.Kf2= 13.Kd2 Nb2 14.Kc3 Bd1 15.Bc6!

Here we have a very unusual DRAW. The King and Bishop have a perpetual attack against the Knight. This perpetual attack will lead to the repetition of the position or the completion of 50 moves. It is not surprising that this extraordinary positional draw was honoured with 1st prize in the study tourney.

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