PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 6/8/2000

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.

Thanks to Henryk Kalafut and Paul Cheng.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 152

White to play and WIN.

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/1p3k2/p4ppp/3P4/1P6/4K2P/1P4P1/8:


   LAST WEEK, POSITION 151

Artur Havasi, (1864-1939). Prolific Hungarian endgame composer. His half brother was the famous International player Kornel Havasi. 

  Havasi, 1914

White to play and WIN.

FORSYTH NOTATION:1N6/5P2/P4r1b/8/8/8/8/K6k: 

Black has to stop the a-pawn from queening and at the same time, keep the f-pawn under control. The Bishop guards the f8 square so the Rook has to look after the a-pawn and stop it from promoting.

1.a7 ...

Whites threatens to pomote the pawn.

1... Rf1+

Black has no other defence than to keep checking the King.

2.Ka2 Rf2+

3.Kb3 ...

The King keeps to the light squares so that the Bishop is not given a chance to join the attack.

3... Rf3+

4.Ka4 Rf4+

5.Kb5 Rf5+

6.Ka6 Rf6+

7.Nc6!! ...

This is the key move to the study. If instead 7.Kb7? Black can draw with 7...Rxf7+ and 8...Rxa7.

7... Rxc6+

8.Kb7 Rf6

9.a8Q ...

The a-pawn promotes and Black doesn't have time to organize a fortress defence.

9...Rxf7+

10.Ka6+! Kg1

10...Kh2? 11.Qh8 Kg3 12.Qxh6 with a win.

11.Qc6!...

Double attack ! White threatens the Bishop and Qg6 + winning the Rook.

11... Bg5

Black can only try a swindle.

12.Qc5+...

White is awake. 12.Qg6?? Rf6+! 13.Qxf6 Bxf6 with a draw.

The Bishop is now lost.

12. ... Kh2

13.Qxg5 WINS.

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