PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 14/5/2000

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, Mike Fitch, Federico Giallombardo and Olivier Scalbert. 
THIS WEEK

POSITION 140 

White to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/5k2/1p3n1p/p1p3p1/P1P5/4K1BP/1P4P1/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 139

Jan Vancura, (1898-1921). Hungarian/Czech endgame composer. Created some memorable endgame studies which have since become classics. Suffered from severe depression which he never really recoverd from and eventually lead to him tragically taking his own life. Most of his work was published after his death.

J Vancura, 1914 

White to play & WIN

  FORSYTH NOTATION:1kr5/4P1Pp/8/8/8/B7/7K/8:

In this ending we see line-interference manoeuvres at work with White's Bishop preventing the enemy Rook playing to certain squares so that the g-pawn can promote.

1.e8Q!...

The pawn is sacrificed so that the Bishop can get to f8.

1.Kg3? Re8! 2.Kh4 Kc7 3.Kh5 Kd7 4.Kh6 Ke6 5.Kxh7 Kf7=.

1... Rxe8

2.Bf8 Re2+

The Rook is forced into checking the white monarch to try and stop the g-pawn from promoting.

3.Kh3 ...

Not 3.Kg3? Re6 and 4...Rg6 with a draw.

3...Re3+

4.Kh4 Re4+

4...Re1 5.Bd6+ Kb7 6.g8Q Rh1+ 7.Kg4 Rg1+ 8.Bg3 wins.

5.Kh5 Re5+

5...Re1 6.Bd6+ Kb7 7.g8Q Rh1+ 8.Kg4 Rg1+ 9.Bg3 wins.

6.Kh6 Re1

Black sets up a skewer if the pawn promotes.

7.Bc5!! Re8

8.Kxh7 Rd8

Black threatens to pin the pawn with ...Rd7

9.Be7!!...

A beautiful move which puts to an end Blacks resistance. The Bishop carries out a final interference manoeuvre.

9... Rc8

9...Re8 10.Bf8 wins.

10.Bf8! Rc7

11.Bd6 WINS

I'm afraid the Endgame Solving Tournament 2000 is in danger of folding due to lack of support. I NEED MORE ENTRIES otherwise the event cannot run. The prize will instead go to the Children of Chernobyl charity.  See later.


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.

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