PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 16/7/2000

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 149

White to play and WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/8/p3p3/k1K1p3/4R3/r7/2N5:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 148

James Tarjan, (1952-). American Grandmaster. 1st at Subotica 1975, 1st at Vancouver 1976, 2nd in the 1978 U.S. Championship. From 1974-82 he represented the U.S. in 5 Olympiads.

Bisguiser vs Tarjan

1975 U.S. Championship

Black to play and DRAW

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/6kp/8/8/P1P1p1p1/6P1/1P3K1P/7b: 

This is a good example of how a study idea can become useful in a practical situation. The original idea occured in a study by Richard Reti which has since become very famous. White's passed pawns look dangerous, especially the a-pawn. Computer analysis shows that sacrificing the e-pawn with the idea of getting the Bishop back to the queenside to stop the passed pawns does not work. The e-pawn is needed to tie down the White King. Then how does Black stop the outside passed pawn ?

1... Kf6!

The King is heading for the "square" of the a-pawn but he is a tempo behind. He gains time by setting up a second threat which has to be met.

2.a5 Ke5!!

3.a6? would now be a mistake because of 3...Kd4! with the threat of 4...e3+ allowing the Bishop to come to life and guard a8.

3.Ke3...

The threat is stopped but Blacks King now has time to reach the "square" of the a-pawn.

3...Kd6!

4.b4 Kc6

The Black King can hold back the three passed pawns.

5.b5+ Kc5

6.a6 Kb6

DRAW.

A kind of equilibrium has been reached. White cannot win because his King is tied to the e-pawn. Black has no winning chances because his Bishop offers no real support.


Mike Fitch (USA) wins in June.

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