PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 11/6/2000

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, Mike Fitch and Olivier Scalbert. 
THIS WEEK

POSITION 144

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:2b5/1p2Q1pk/7p/1P3p2/2r5/5P1P/6PK/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 143

A. Frolovsky, A contemporary Russian endgame composer. With the following study he won 1st prize in the Platov Centenary tourney held in 1982.

White to play and WIN  

 

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

This study illustrates an idea which has its greatest exponent in the Russian composer Simkovitch who was a contemporary of the Platov brothers; the idea of the powerless Queen. The Black Queen, because of its passive position is easily dominated by the White pieces. The Queen and King being on the same rank and at the edge of the board are vulnerable to tactical threats. 

1.Nd2+! Ke1

1...Kg1 2.Nf3+ Kf1 3.Ke3! with mate in a few moves.

2.Nf3+ Kd1

3.Rd2+ Kc1

4.Nd4! Kb1

4...Qa4 5.Ne2+ Kb1 6.Nc3+ Ka1 7.Nxa4 with a win;

4..Qxb2 5.Ne2+ Kb1 6.Nc3+ Ka1 7.Rd1+ with a win.

5.Rd1+ Kxb2

5...Ka2 6.Rxa1+ Kxa1 7.Kc2 Ka2 8.Nb3 a5 9.Nc1+ Ka1 10.b3 a4 11.b4 a3 12.b5 a2 13.Nb3#

6.Rd2+ Kb1

7.Ne2! Qa5

There is no escaping the mate at the corner of the board.

8.Nc3+ Ka1

9.Rf2! Qd8+

The Queen finally breaks free but it is too late to save the game.

10.Kc2! WINS.

I am sorry but due to technical problems I have had to postpone the results and the analysis of the positions for the Easter solving tournament to next week.


Easter Endgame Solving Tournament:

Solutions + names of winners will appear on Sunday 18th 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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