PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 15/10/2000

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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 162

Black to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/2n5/1pk5/p3P2p/P2K3N/1P6/8:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 161

Vladimir Korolkov, (1907-1987). Soviet Endgame Composer. Noted for his imaginative compositions. Author of 'Selected Studies' ( 1958) which contains over a hundred of his studies.

Korolkov, 1929

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/4bKP1/2n3p1/5Ppk/4bP1p/p5PB/2P5/8:

White is material down but he has compensation in the poor position of the Black King at the edge of the board. At first it may seem that he has a quick knockout blow here. But the g4+ doesn't lead anywhere and promoting the g-pawn falls to the ....Bd5+ skewer . White has to defend against this Bishop check anyway because once Black has stopped the queening threat, he is threatening to win with his pawn at a3. So White's first move is easy to understand.

1.c4 Bd3

Black renews the threat.

2.g8Q ...

2.g4+ Kh6 3. Bf1 Nd8+! (if 3... Bxf1? 4. g8N+ Kh7 5. fxg6+ Kh8 6. g7+ Kh7 7.Nf6+ Bxf6 8. g8=Q+ Kh6 9. Qg6++) 4. Kxe7 Kxg7 5. f6+ Kh7 6. Bxd3 a2 Black wins.

2...Bxc4+

White looks lost to this Bishop skewer. The new Queen will not last long.

3.Kg7 Bf6+

4.Kxf6 Bxg8

White now finds a remarkable defence.

5.g4+ Kh6

6.fxg5+ Kh7

Logical moves become art. The consecutive checks by the pawns create a wonderful artistic impression.

7.fxg6+ Kh8

8.g7+ Kh7

9.g6+ Kh6

10.g5+ Kh5

The a-pawn cannot be stopped. How can White survive?

11.Bg4+! ...

A forcing sacrifice: Black has no choice in reply.

11...Kxg4

Stalemate

A wonderful imaginative study showing Korolkov's great talent. The theme based on consecutive checks from the pawns leading to stalemate influenced him a long time but here we see the idea for the first time.


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