PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 25/6/2000

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 146

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/2N5/p2pb3/P1p1p1k1/2P1Pp2/3P1Pp1/4K1Pr/6R1:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 145

Akimovich Bron, (1909-1985). Leading Russian endgame composer. Won many prizes in composing tourneys. Author of 'Selected Studies and Problems' ( 1969).

SHAKMATY v SSSR, 1950

White to play and WIN

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

At first it seems impossible to analyse this open position, let alone prove a win for White. In such situations we have to go back to the basics. The composers ideas are in the position waiting to be found. White can try two winning methods which might be possible in such positions. The stronger side can use his superior force to gain a passed pawn on the kingside and win that way or perhaps he can carry out a direct attack against the badly placed Black King. In order to win from this position White makes use of both these ideas but the direct attack comes later. The smothered mate at the end is a real delight.

1.h5! ...

White takes advantage of the Bishop pin on the g-pawn to create a passer.

1...Nxg5+

1...Kg7? 2.h6+ Kh7 3.Kf6 Nh4 4.Ne2 Bc6 5.Nf4 Be8 6.Bc2! Black is in Zugswang and loses the pawn g6.

2.Kf6 Ne4+!

Black comes up with an ingenius defence which is not quite good enough due to the fact that his King is badly placed in the corner..

2...Kh6? 3.hxg6 Bc6 4.g7 Nh7+ 5.Bxh7 Kxh7 6.Kf7 Be8+ 7.Kf8 wins.

3.Nxe4 gxh5

Black has destroyed the potential passed pawn but can he survive the coming atttack?

4.Ng5+ Kh8

4...Kg8? 5.Ba2+ Kh8 6.Kf7 wins.

5.Ba2! Bb7

5...h4? 6.Kf7 h3 7.Kf8 h2 8.Nf7+ Kh7 9.Bb1+ Be4 10.Bxe4#

6.Kf7 Ba6(c8)

7.Kf8 Bd3

8.Bg8 Bg6

9.Bh7! Bxh7

9...Bf7 10.Kxf7 h4 11.Kg6 h3 12.Nf7#

10.Nf7 Mate.

A wonderful ending by one of Russia's greatest composers.

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