PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 4/6/2000

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, Paul Cheng and Federico Giallombardo. 
THIS WEEK

POSITION 143

White to play and WIN  

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/p7/8/4N3/3K4/1PR5/q4k2: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 142

Max Euwe, (1901-1981). World Champion 1935-37. In the twenties Euwe had his first real success; in 1920 he come equal second at Gothenburg ahead of Samisch and Grunfeld and won the Dutch championship in 1921. In the same year he drew a match (+2=8-2) against Maroczy. During this time he was a student of Mathematics at Amsterdam University and graduated with honours in 1923.

Tarrasch vs Euwe

Pistyan, 1922

Black to play and WIN 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/1p3p1p/3r1kp1/pBp5/2PpP3/P2K2Pb/1P3P2/7R: 

At an early age Euwe shows his great skill against a formidable opponent. He has just obtained a protected passed pawn at d4 which gives him the advantage in this ending. Tarrasch has given up his pawn at h3, thinking he could win Black's h-pawn in return and gain counter-chances. Euwe sees further and realizes he can win the e-pawn and gain a won ending.

1.... Bg2

2.Rxh7 ...

Passive defence will lead to a lost ending: 2.Re1 2. Ke6 3.e5 Rd8 4.f4 Kf5 5.Ke2 h6 6.Rg1 Be4 7.Re1 h5 8.Kd2 h4 9.gxh4 Kxf4 10.Rf1+ Kxe5 11.Rxf7 Rh8 12.Re7+ Kf5 -+;

2...Re6

White is in deep trouble. The e-pawn cannot be adequately defended.

3.Rh4 g5

4.Rh6+ Ke5

5.f4+ ...

5.Rxe6 fxe6 -+;

5...gxf4

6.Rh5+ Kd6

7.gxf4 ...

7.Rd5+ Ke7 8.Rd7+ Kf6 -+;

7...Bxe4+

8.Kd2 Rg6!

This move forces the exchange of Rooks.

9.Rh2 Rg2+

10.Rxg2 Bxg2

11.Ke2 Bc6

12.Bxc6 Kxc6

Black wins the pawn ending. The protected passed pawn will tie down the enemy King and Black will infiltrate on the kingside.


Easter Endgame Solving Tournament:

Solutions + names of winners will appear on Sunday 11th of June.


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.


Olivier Scalbert of Belgium wins in May.

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