PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 6/2/2000

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, Leonard Dickerson, Peter Bereolos and Federico Giallombardo.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 126

Black to play & DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:2Q5/8/6k1/2B5/4q1P1/K7/8/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 125

Markovich Simkhovich (1896-1945) Composer of chess problems and endgame studies. Worked as a trainee pharmacist in Kishinev, Moldavia. In 1925 he moved to Leningrad which was then the centre for the emerging artform of the endgame study. He joined a group of composers which included Salkind, Levmann, Isaev, and the brilliant Leonid Kubbel who was regarded as their leader. Simkhovich made an original contribution by bringing a number of ideas from the problem world and reworking them in an endgame setting. He formulated and categorised the theme of the positional draw which was probably his most outstanding achievement.

Simkhovich, 1922

White to play & DRAW

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:n1bq3r/1p1p1K1p/1p1P3p/k6P/pp1R3P/2PP4/5B2/2Q5:

1.cxb4+ Ka6

1...Kb5 2.Qc4#

2.b5+ Ka7

2...Ka5 3.Be1+ Kxb5 4.Qc4#

2...Kxb5 3.Qc4+ Ka5 4.Be1#

3.Rxa4+ Kb8

4.Rxa8+ Kxa8

5.Qa1+ Kb8

6.Qxh8! Qxh8

With the previous sacrifices White has built the cage for the Queen and now the finishing touch is applied.

7.d4! ..

The Queens fate is sealed, she cannot escape.

It is a positional draw. Black cannot play any constructive moves. The Queen has only two squares on which to operate, d8 and h8. The Bishop guards the d4 and h4 pawns.

Sometimes a composer becomes capitivated by an idea or theme and he works at it most of his composing life. Simkovich was haunted by the idea of the Queen, the most powerful piece on the board, becoming weak and harmless. In his studies the Queen is often put into a cage which she is unable to breakout from. This extraordinary idea is often counter balanced by a strong Bishop who stands guard and will not allow the Queen to escape. Harrie Grondijs has written an important book on this great composer: "Works of Simkhovich" (1996?)


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CUMULATIVE COMPETITION  

Alexander Vojna and Henryk Kalafut win in January with maximum score.

Paul Cheng comes second and sends his Best Wishes for the year of the Dragon !!

Peter Bereolos makes a successful return and we welcome newcomer Leonard Dickerson.


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 February 2001.


  SPECIAL MILLENNIUM ENDGAME SOLVING COMPETITION

The competitor's 3 highest scores only will count. The winner will be announced on FEBRUARY 20th . The prize will be £100 or equivalent. In the case of a tie the prize will be shared.


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