PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 18/6/2000

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.

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THIS WEEK

  POSITION 145

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:b7/7k/4K1p1/6P1/7P/2N2n2/8/1B6:


 LAST WEEK, POSITION 144

Reuben Fine, (1914-1993). American Grandmaster. In the 30's and 40's he was among the top eight players in the world. He was Euwe's second in his World Championship match of 1937 against Alekhine. He wrote the classic book BASIC CHESS ENDINGS (1941) which for many years was the main endgame text and it can still be read with profit today.

 

Fine vs Stahlberg

Sweden, 1937

White to play and WIN

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

White has to use his King actively in order to win this ending. The King will march up the board and threaten to join in the attack against the opposing monarch. Black doesn't have time to create a fortress.

1.h4! Rc2

2.h5 Rc4

3.Kg3...

3.Qf7 Rc5 4.Kg3 Rc2 5.Qg6+ and as the main line.

3... c3

4.Qd6 Rc2

5.Qg6+ Kh8

6.Qe8+ Kh7

White has a strong bind on the position and he can now march his King safely up the board to join in the attack.

7.Kf4 Rc1

8.Qg6+ Kh8

9.Ke5 Bd7

10.Qb6! Bc8

11.Kd6 Kg8

12.Qe3! WINS

The Rook is forced off the c-file and White wins the Bishop with Qe8+, if 12...Rd1+ then 13.Kc7 and again Black cannot save both pieces.
Olivier Scalbert of Belgium wins in May.

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