PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 16/4/2000

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 Henryk Kalafut, Paul Cheng, Mike Fitch, Federico Giallombardo and Olivier Scalbert. 
THIS WEEK

POSITION 136

White to play & WIN

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/R7/1p4p1/5knp/3K4/4P2P/8/8: 

Important Notice: Solution + New Position will appear on Easter Monday


LAST WEEK, POSITION 135

Leopold Mitrofanov, (1932-1992). A top Soviet endgame composer. Teacher of mathematics by profession. Often teamed up with fellow composer, Korolkov to produce many fine compositions. Winner of three FIDE gold medals for studies.

Mitrofanov, 1976

White to play & DRAW

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/2p5/8/4PK2/7b/8/8/2k5: 

In order to stop the c-pawn the White Monarch has to go in front of its own pawn.

1.Ke6!...

1.Ke4? c6! 2.Kd4 Be7! 3.Kc4 Kc2 4.Kd4 Kb3 5.Kd3 Bc5-+;

1.e6? c5 2.Ke4 Kc2 3.Kd5 Be7 4.Kc4 Bf8 5.Kd5 Kd3-+.

1.... c5

2.Kd5 Be7

The Bishop defends the c-pawn and blocks White's passed pawn.

3.Ke6 Bf8

The King keeps up the pressure on the Bishop.

4.Kf7 Bh6

4...c4 5.Kxf8 c3 6.e6 c2 7.e7 Kd2 8.e8Q c1Q=

5.Kg6! Bf4

6.Kf5! Bg3

The King can no longer safely chase the Bishop so he switches his attention back to the c-pawn.

7.Ke4 Bh4

8.Kd5 Be7

9.Ke6 Draw

Here we see the idea of a perpetual manoeuvre. The King threatens the c-pawn, so the Bishop moves to guard the pawn. The Bishop in turn is threatened so it has to move away. When the Bishop can no longer be attacked, the King switches his attention back to the c-pawn. The whole manoeuvre can be repeated any number of times so we have a draw by repetition of moves. These type of systematic manoeuvres are quite common in studies because they make a good artistic impression. Here the composer deservedly won first prize in an endgame tourney.


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. In case of a tie for 1st place, the prize will be shared. Present strict rules will apply; no computer analysis.

Easter Endgame Solving Tournament.

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Have a go !!


Federico Giallombardo of Italy wins in March.

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