PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 19/3/2000

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 132

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:4b3/1k2B2p/1p6/5p2/2p1p3/7P/PPP2PPK/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 131

Mario Matous. (1947- ) Czech player and endgame composer. A railway worker who has composed nearly 200 studies of high quality. He has won many prizes.

White to play & WIN

 

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

The Black pawns look very menacing but the monarch is in an awkward position in the corner. White now plays some spectacular moves to take advantage of the Black Kings predicament.

1.Nc2+!

1.Nxb3+? Kb1 2.Kc3 a1Q+ 3.Na1 Kxa1=

1...bxc2

This sacrifice has to be accepted; King moves lead to mate.

2.Rf1+!! ...

This is the key move to the composer's solution.

2...Bxf1

2...Kb2 3.Be5+ Ka3 4.Rf3+ Ka4 5.Bxg7 and White has a longwinded win.

3.Kc1! ...

The Black King is now a prisoner and White only needs to deliver mate with the Bishop along the a1-h8 diagonal.

3...Re7

4.Bd2!...

This is the only move to win.

4... Rc7

5.Bb4!..

Black threatens to play the the Bishop to...d6 with a double attack: hitting the Rook on c7 and having the mate threat on ...d5.

5... Rc8

6.Be7 Rc6

7.Bf8 Rg6

7...Rc7 8.Bd6! and there is no defence against the mate.

8.Bc5 Rg4

9.Ba3 WINS

The Rook has been out manoeuvred, the mate cannot be stopped.


Paul Cheng of China wins in February.

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