PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 2/7/2000

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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 147

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/1pP1r3/4q3/pk6/7P/Q1P2Pp1/2R3P1/6K1:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 146

Leonard Barden, (1929- ). English player, author, journalist and coach. He was joint British Champion in 1954 and played in four Olympiads between 1952-62. In the 1970's he was chief coach to a number of British Juniors who started to have impressive results at the international level.

Moore vs Barden

Stroud, 1971

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

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

At a glance this position looks drawn but White has a serious weakness on the second rank which his opponent is able to exploit. The Rook pin on the g-pawn gives Black a winning advantage. The White monarch and Rook are in passive positions and Black can win by a sacrificial attack on the g-pawn, creating his own powerful passed pawn.

1.... Bh3!

2.Kf1 Kh4!

Black is now threatening to sacrifice his Bishop for the g-pawn with a winning game.

The Bishop sacrifice a move earlier is only good enough to draw. 2...Bxg2? 3.Rxg2 Rh1+ 4.Rg1 Rh2 5.Nxa6 6. Rc2=;

3.gxh3 ...

White has to take the Bishop. 3.Nxa6? Bxg2+! 4.Rxg2 Kh3 5.Rg1 Rf2+ 6.Ke1 Kh2 winning the Rook.

3... Kxh3

The threat is ...Rf2+ followed by Kh2.

4.Ke1 Ra2!

Black's attack is relentless.

5.Rh1+ Kg2

6.Rh6 ...

6.Rh8 Kxf3 7.Rg8 g2 Black wins .

6.... Kxf3

Black now has a clear won game with the two connected passed pawns and the White monarch trapped on the back rank..

7.Rxd6 g2

8.Rg6 Ke3

9.Kd1 ...

9.Nd5+ Kxd3 wins.

9.... f3

10.Rg3 Kd4

11.Rg8 f2

and Black Wins.


Mike Fitch (USA) wins in June.

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