PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 5/3/2000

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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THIS WEEK

POSITION 130

White to play & WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:1k6/8/1P1K1p2/3B4/5Pb1/8/8/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 129

Roger Missiaen (1925- ) Belgium endgame composer. Composed about a hundred compositions many of which were of a very high quality.

Schakend Nederland, 1969

White to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:7b/6k1/8/8/K3b3/8/B6R/8: 

The ending Rook and Bishop against two Bishops is normally drawn but here we have an exceptional position. The Black King cannot move away from guarding the Bishop at h8. The bind that White has on this corner of the board gives him his winning opportunity. 

1.Kb4...

The King starts a long journey which will take him to g5.

2... Bc6

2.Kc3 Be4

The Bishop remains as active as possible.

3.Kd2 Bc6

4.Ke3 Bb7

5.Kf4 Bc6

6.Kg5 Bb7?

7..Bb7 was the composers choice but it is not the strongest move. Other Bishop moves lose to 7.Rh6! White now has the threat of manoeuvring the Rook to f7, forcing the King to g8 where it will have to face a murderous discovered check winning the Bishop. Black has no answer to White's plan.

7.Rf2! ...

The composers continuation was: 7.Rh6 Be4 8.Bb3 Bb1 9.Bd5. White also wins with 9.Be6! Bc2 10.Rf6 Kh7 11.Bf5+ and the R v B ending is won.

7...Be4

The Bishop has no hiding place.

8.Rf7 Kg8

9.Rf4+WINS

Paul Cheng of China wins in February.

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 Vojna Alexander, Henryk Kalafut

and Patrick Peschlow win the

Christmas solving competition and so share

the millennium prize.

 

 

SCORE: A

The overall scores:

Patrick Peschlow GERMANY

Henryk Kalafut USA/POLAND

Vojna Alexander UKRAINE

David Rowe ENGLAND

Mike Fitch USA

Peter Bereolos USA

Federico Giallombardo ITALY

 

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