PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 24/4/2000

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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THIS WEEK

POSITION 137

White to play & WIN

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/8/5K2/7k/7p/7N/7N:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 136

Max Euwe, (1901-1981). World Champion 1935-37. In the early part of his career Euwe played a number of important matches against top class opponents. In his match against Capablanca in 1931 he did not win a single game. The 8th game was a tremendous struggle with Capablanca sacrificing the exchange for the attack. Post match analysis indicated that the Rook vs Knight ending should have been won for Euwe.

Euwe vs Capablanca

8th Match Game, 1931

White to play & WIN

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

In this position Euwe indirectly guarded the h-pawn by playing 1.Ra3 but he could only draw. Although not a mistake this move is not the best. The winning idea is:

1.h4! Nf3+

2.Kd5 g5

2...Nxh4 3.Rf7+ Kg4 4.e4 Ng2 (4...Nf3 5.Rxf3! Kxf3 6.e5 h4 7.e6 h3 8.e7 h2 9.e8Q h1Q 10.Qe4+ Kg3 11.Qxh1 +-) 5.e5 h4 (5...Ne3+ 6.Ke4 Nc4 7.e6! +-) 6.e6 h3 7.e7 h2 8.e8Q h1Q 9.Qe6+ Kg5 10.Qf6+ WINS.

3.hxg5...

3.e4+? Kg4 4.hxg5 Nxg5 5.e5 h4 6.e6 Nxe6=.

3.... Kxg5

3...Nxg5 4.Ra4! b5 5.Rf4+ Kg6 6.Rb4 WINS.

4.Ke4 Nd2+

5.Kd3 Nf3

6.Ke2 Ne5

7.Rb7 Nc4

8.Kd3 Ne5+

9.Ke4 Ng4

10.Rxb6 h4

Black's h-pawn can soon be captured so the win is not far away. The combined force of the Rook and the e-pawn is too powerful for Black.

11.Rb5+ Kg6

12.Kf4 Nf6

13.Rg5+WINS

As we approach the MAX EUWE CENTENNIAL YEAR we will be looking at other endgame positions from the career of this much admired World Champion.


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