PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 7/5/2000

Editor: Brian Gosling

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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.

Thanks to Henryk Kalafut, Federico Giallombardo and Olivier Scalbert. 
THIS WEEK

POSITION 139

White to play & WIN

  FORSYTH NOTATION:1kr5/4P1Pp/8/8/8/B7/7K/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 138

Jose Capablanca, (1888-1942). World Champion 1921-1927. In 1936 Capablanca regained his old form. He came fiirst in the Moscow International Tournament ahead of Botvinnik, the rising Soviet star. He at last, put behind him the ghost of the loss of his title in 1927 to Alekhine. Again we see his great gifts in operation: his strength, energy, ease and accuracy in the endgame.

Capablanca vs  Lilienthal

Moscow, 1936

White to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION: 4k3/rp3ppb/1np1p2p/N7/1PP5/6P1/4PPBP/3R2K1: 

 The previous year Lilienthal defeated Capablanca in a celebrated game. No doubt this was in the Cubans mind as he sat down to play the Hungarian Grandmaster who was soon to become a Soviet Citizen. Capablanca produces one of his great endgames:

1.Nxb7! Rxb7

2.Bxc6+ Rd7

3.c5 Ke7!

This is the best defence. Black will have two minor pieces for the Rook. 3...Nd5 4.f3 f5 5.Rd4 Nf6 6.Bxd7+ Nxd7 7.c6 Nb6 8.c7 Ke7 9.Rd8 f4 10.Rb8 Kd7 11.Rxb6 with a win.

4.Bxd7 Nxd7

5.c6 Nb6

6.c7 Bf5

The sleeping Bishop comes to life but it will not save the game.

7.Rd8 e5

8.Rb8 Nc8

The passed pawns are so powerful that Black has to use all his resources to stop them.

9.b5 Kd6

10.b6 Ne7

11.Rf8 Bc8

The passed pawns tie up the pieces and the Rook does the damage.

12.Rxf7 Nd5 13.Rxg7 Nxb6 14.Rh7 Nd5 15.Rxh6+ Kxc7 16.e4 Ne7 17.f3 Kd7 18.h4 Ke8 19.Rf6 Ng8 20.Rc6 Black Resigns. For this wonderful game Capablanca was awarded a special prize. The Judges were impressed with the excellent ending that followed the combination.


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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Closes May 14th.*

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