PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 12/3/2000

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 131

White to play & WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION: 8/6r1/8/8/2bN1B2/1p3R2/p2K4/k7: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 130

Anthony Santasiere. (1904-1977), A colourful American player who won the US OPEN in 1945 and the New York State championship four times. For over thirty years he was a major contributor to the American Chess Bulletin. Besides chess, Santasiere was keen on art and music. He became a recognized author with books about poetry, chess and a childrens novel to his credit.

Santasiere vs Kashdan

Boston, 1918

White to play & WIN

 

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

This ending was played when the players were in their teens and relatively unknown. White gives up his b-pawn for the Black f-pawn knowing that the resulting Bishop and pawn against Bishop ending is won.

 1.Ke7 f5

2.Kf6 Bh3

3.Ke5 ...

3.Kg5? Kc8 4.Be6+ Kb7 5.Bxf5 Bg2 6.Bd3 Bh3 7.Be2 Kxb6 8.Bg4 Bf1 9.f5 Kc5 10.f6 Bc4 11.Kg6 Kd6 12.Kg7 Ke5 13.Bh5 Kf4!=.

3...Bg4!

This is the strongest move. The game continuation was: 3...Kc8 4.Be6+ Kb7 5.Bxf5 Bf1 6.Be6 Bd3? (...Kxb6 7.f5 Kc7 8.f6 Kd8 9.Bf7!+-) 7.Kd4 Black Resigned.

4.Bg2! Kc8

5.Kf6 Kb8

6.Kg5 Kc8

White now has a very pretty win.

7.Be4! Kb8

8.Bxf5 Bf3

9.Bh7 Kb7

10.f5 Kxb6

Bishop and pawn against Bishop ending is won for White.

11.f6 Bd5

12.Kg6 Kc5

13.Kg7 Kd6

14.Bg8  WINS


Paul Cheng of China wins in February.

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SCORE: A

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Henryk Kalafut USA/POLAND

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Mike Fitch USA

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