PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 23/7/2000

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 150

Black to play and DRAW

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:6k1/1q3pp1/p7/2Q5/1p5P/2P1P3/P4PP1/6K1: 
 LAST WEEK, POSITION 149

Johann Berger, (1845-1933). Austrian all-rounder but made his greatest contribution to the endgame. His Theorie und Praxis der Endspiele (1895, 1922) was the top textbook on endgame theory for many years. 

Berger, 1910 

White to play and WIN

 

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

The solution is not difficult to find. The Black King is in a clamp from which there is no escape. The Knight becomes self-pinned on the c3 square where it will still exert maximum pressure on the Black position.

1.Ne2! Rc2+

1...Rb2 2.Nc3+ Ka3 3.Nxe4+ Ka2 4.Nc3+ Ka3 5.Nd1+ Ka2 6.Nxb2 and White will soon checkmate;

1...Rd2 2.Nc3+ Ka3 3.Nxe4+ Kb2 4.Nxd2 with an easy win;

1...Ra1 2.Rb3 Rc1+ 3.Nxc1 e3 4.Ne2 e4 5.Nc3#.

2.Nc3+ Ka3

3.Re1 a4

3...e3 4.Ra1+ Kb2 5.Rb1+ Ka3 6.Rb3#.

4.Ra1+ Kb2

5.Rb1+ Ka3

6.Rb4! e3

6...Rd2 7.Nb1+ +-; 6...Rc1 7.Rxa4+ Kb2 8.Ra2#; 6...Rb2 7.Rxa4#; 6...Rf2 7.Rxa4+ Kb2 8.Ra2+ +-.

7.Rxa4+ Kb2

8.Rb4+Kc1

9.Rb1 Kd2

10.Rd1#


Mike Fitch (USA) wins in June.

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