PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 5/11/2000

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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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Graham White. and Olivier Scalbert.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 165

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION :8/2Rp1r2/2p5/1k2P3/3K1p2/8/3P4/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 164

Pyotr Romanovsky, (1892-1964). International Master. A leading light in Soviet Chess in the period leading up to the Second World War. He won the National championship in 1923 and 1927 and came 2nd in the 1933 International tournament of Leningrad. In his later years he became an important organizer and writer of the game.

Zagoryansky vs Romanovsky

Moscow, 1943

Black to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION :8/4r1p1/kpp1r3/p2p1p1p/P1nP4/1RPKPPPP/3B4/1R6:

White's position has chronic weaknesses: The attack on the b-file is not going anywhere and consequently the Rooks are out of position and the Bishop is not much better than a pawn. These weaknesses are exposed by a beautiful sacrifice of the exchange which gives the remaining Black Rook access to the 2th rank. In contrast to the passive position of the Bishop at d2, the Black Knight has a superb post at c4 which is pivotal to the following combination:

1 ... Rxe3+

2.Bxe3 Bxe3+

3. Kc2 Re2+

3...Rxf3 also wins: 4. Rg1 b5 5. axb5+ cxb5 6. h4 a4 7. Rb4 Nd6 8. Rbb1 Ne4 (A beautiful position for the Knight.) 9. Kb2 Rxc3 10. Rbc1 Rd3 11. Rc6+ Ka5 12. Rc7 Rxd4 13. Rxg7 Rd2+ 14. Ka1 d4 15. Rf1 Nf2 -+ Crafty (Olivier Scalbert).

4.Kd1 ...

4.Kc1 Re1+ 5.Kc2 Rxb1 6.Kxb1 Nd2+ 7.Kb2 Nxb3 8.Kxb3 and Black will win the K & P ending.

4... Ra2

The idea behind the combination was to obtain a passed pawn on the queenside. White counterattacks by creating his own passed pawn on the opposite side of the board.

5.g4 fxg4

6.fxg4 h4

7.g5 Rxa4

Black obtains a passer first.

8.Ke2 Ra2+

9.Kf3 ...

This looks like a blunder but it is the only way for White to get his kingside offensive underway.

9....Nd2+

10.Kg4 Nxb3

11.Rxb3 a4

12.Rb1 Rc2

13.Kxh4 Rxc3

With the loss of the White c-pawn, Black secures two connected passed pawns and easily wins the ending. For completeness the final moves were:

14.g6 a3 15.Kg4 Rd3 16.h4 Rxd4+ 17.Kg5 Rd2 18.Ra1 a2 19.h5 b5 20.h6 gxh6+ 21.Kxh6 Rh2+ 22.Kg5 Rg2+ 23.Kf6 b4 24.g7 b3 25.Kf7 Rxg7+ 26.Kxg7 Kb5 27.Kf6 b2 White Resigns.

About a year before this game was played Pyotr Romanovsky was at death's door. He was the only member of his family to survive the seige of Leningrad. He had watched his wife and four daughters slowly die of starvation, helpless to save them. He slowly recovered his health and spirit and returned to playing chess.


Antonio Senatore (ARGENTINA) and Alexander Vojna (UKRAINE ) win the Summer Endgame Tournament

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