PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 24/9/2000

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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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POSITION 159

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/6k1/1PPR4/2r5/7p/7b/3K4/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 158

Vladimir Simagin, (1919-1968). Soviet InternationalGrandmaster. He won the Moscow championship in 1947 and 1959 and =1st at Sochi in 1967. He discovered several new lines in the Grunfeld and Sicilian openings.

Barcza vs Simagin

Moscow, 1949

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/N5pp/8/3k4/3pnP2/6P1/P6P/6K1:

Although White has an extra pawn, it is Black who has the advantage. The King and Knight have a dominate position in the centre of the board and are able to shepherd the d-pawn home to its queening square.

1... d3!

2.Kf1 Nc3

2...Kd4 3.Nb5+ Ke3 4.Na3! d2 5.Nc4+ Kd3 6.Nxd2! with good drawing chances.

2...Kc4 3.a4! Kb34.Nb5 Kb2 5.Nd4 Nc5 6.Nf3 Kc1 7.Ke1 Nb3 8.Kf2 d2 9.Nxd2 draws.

3.Ke1 Kd4

4.Kd2 Ne4+

5.Kc1...

5.Kd1 Ke3! 6.Nc6 Nf2+ 7.Kc1 d2+ 8.Kb2 d1Q Black wins.

5... Nd6!!

Stops the Knight from going to b5.

5...Ke3? 6.Nb5 d2+ 7.Kc2 Ke2 8.Nd4+ Ke1 9.Nf3+ Ke2 10.Nd4+ draws.

6.Kd2 ...

6.Nc6+ Kc3 7.Ne5 (7.Ne7 d2+! 8.Kd1 Ne4! 9.Nd5+ Kc4! and Black wins) 7...d2+! 8.Kd1 Ne4! 9.Nf3 Nf2+ 10.Ke2 d1Q+ wins.

6... Nc4+

7.Kc1 d2+

8.Kc2 Ke3

9.Nb5 Na3+!

This diversion sacrifice signals the end for White.

10.Nxa3 Ke2

Black Wins.
 

 Paul Cheng(China) wins in August.

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