PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 22/10/2000

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 163

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION :6q1/8/1K6/8/4NQ2/b7/8/7k:
 LAST WEEK, POSITION 162

Aaron Nimzowitsch, (1886-1935). World Championship Candidate. Born in Riga but eventually settled in Denmark. Founder of the Hypermodern movement in Chess. Probably the most brilliant theoretician of the last century.

Em Lasker vs Nimzowitsch

Zurich, 1934

Black to play and WIN

 

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

Black has the advantage of the outside passed Rook's pawn and the more actively placed pieces. White will have difficulty in defending his weaknesses on both sides of the board.

Black decides to advance on the queenside to gain access to vital squares.

1. ... b4!

2.axb4+ ...

2.Nf4? Ne5+ 3.Ke2 bxa3 4.bxa3 Nc4 5.Kf3 Nxa3-+

2. ...Kxb4

Black is threatening to win with 3...Kb3.

3.Kc2 Nd4+

White must try and defend his queenside.

4.Kb1...

4.Kd3? Ne6 5.Kc2 Kc4 6.Kd2 Kd4 7.Nf2 Ng5 and the e-pawn is lost.

4. ... Ne6!

The Knight is beautifully placed here dominating the enemy piece.

5.Ka2 Kc4

Black changes track and goes for the weakness on the other side of the board.

6.Ka3 Kd4!

7.Kxa4 Kxe4

8.b4 Kf3

Nimzowitsch has it all worked out.

9.b5 Kg2

White resigned.

Since 10.b6 Kxh3 11.b7 Nc5+ wins the pawn.

One of the great classical endings.

Paul Keres: "A spendidly played ending, well illustrating the strength of a passed Rook's pawn."

Raymond Keene: "....has all the precision and satisfying ineluctable logic of the solution of a complex mathematical problem." 


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