PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 01/10/2000

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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 160

White to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

5k2/r6p/3pP1pb/P1pNp3/1p2P3/7P/1P4P1/R5K1 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 159

Hermann Mattison, (1894-1932). Latvian master and endgame study composer. He won the first Latvian championship in 1924 and the first FIDE world amateur championship in Paris in the same year. He played first board for the Latvian team at the Prague Olympiad (1931) where he scored a memorable win against the World Champion. He composed over 60 endgame studies, many of great artistic value.

Mattison, 1925

White to play and WIN

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

White has less material than Black but he has a winning advantage in his two advanced connected passed pawns. He pushes forward the most promising b-pawn whereas playing 1.c7? woud be a serious mistake because the pawns could then be blockaded by Bc8.

1.b7 Rb5

2.Rd8 Bg2

2...Bf5 3.b8Q Rxb8 4.Rxb8 h3 5.Re8 Kf7 6.Re3Be6 7.Re4 Kf6 8.Ke2 Wins.

3.b8Q! ...

Pushing the c-pawn allows a draw: 3.c7? Bxb7 4.Rb8 Rd5+ 5.Ke3 Ba6 6.Ra8 Rc5 7.Rxa6 Rxc7=;

3... Rxb8

4.c7! Rb2+

5.Kc1!! ...

The King has to attack the Rook.The move 5.Kc3? draws: 5... Rb6 6.Rd7 (6.Rg8 + only draws; see later) 6...Kf6 7.c8Q Rc6+ 8.Qxc6+ Bxc6 9.Rd6+ Kg5 10.Rxc6 h3=;

5...Rb6

5...Bh3? 6.Kxb2 Kf6 7.c8Q Bxc8 8.Rxc8 Kf5 9.Kc2 h3 10.Kd2 Kg4 11.Ke3 h2 12.Rg8+ Kh4 13.Kf2 Kh3 14.Rh8+ Kg4 15.Rxh2 wins.

6.Rg8+ Kh7

6...Kxg8 7.c8Q+ Kf7 8.Qc7+ Kg6 9.Qxb6+ wins.

7.Rxg2 Rc6+

8.Rc2 wins.

Playing 5.Kc3? instead of 5.Kc1! earlier would have ruled out the winning idea because White would have no answer to Rc6+. The White Rook is unable to intercede. Black would win the c7 pawn, drawing the ending.

A difficult study of great depth, showing Mattison's brilliant talent. His early death at the age of 38 was a big blow to the World Chess Community. 
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