PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 19/11/2000

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Welcome to this acti:ve 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.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 167

White to play and DRAW

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION :8/k1p5/Pb3p2/8/2R4K/7P/4b3/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 166

Salo Flohr, (1908-83).

Czech/Soviet Grandmaster. In 1933, Flohr was at the peak of his career and was looked upon as a possible world championship challenger. At this time the Soviets were looking to stage a top chess event and they hit on the idea of a Botvinnik vs Flohr match. The first half took place in Moscow and was a triumph for the Czech grandmaster (4-2) but in the Leningrad half, Botvinnik came back strongly to equalize the score (6-6). Position 166 is from the last game played in the Moscow half and was a great win for the Czech player who in 1942 was to become a Soviet citizen.

  Flohr vs Botvinnik

6th Match Game,

Moscow, 1933

FORSYTH NOTATION :8/1pnn4/p2k2p1/P2Ppp2/1P2P1BP/3KB3/8/8:

The advantage of having two Bishops in the ending is often decisive. Because of their long range they are excellent for supporting pawn advances and creating weaknesses in the enemy camp. The defence is very difficult and onerous.

1.exf5 gxf5

2.Bxf5 Nxd5

White has a passed outside pawn which gives him winning chances.

3.h5!...

The game continuation was: 3.Bd2? N7f6 4.Kc4 Kc6 5.Bg6 b5+ 6.Kd3 Ne7 7.Be4+ Ned5 8.Bg5 Nh5 9.Bf3 Ng3 10.Bd2 Kd6 11.Bg4 Nf6? ( 11...Nf1! offers good drawing chances) 12.Bc8 Kc6 13.Be1 e4+ 14.Kd4 Ngh5 15.Bf5 Kd6 16.Bd2 Wins;

3...Nxb4+

4.Kd2 Nd5

5.h6 N7f6

6.Bf2 Kc6

6...b5 7.axb Kc6 8.Bh4 Kxb6 9.Be6 Ne4+ 10 Kc2 Nf4 11.h7 Ng6 12.Bf5 Wins;

7.Bh4 Kc5

8.Be6 Nh7

9.Bd8 Ndf6 10.Kd3 Kd6 11.Bf5 Kd5 12.Bg6 Kc6 13.Kc4 Kd6 14.Bf5 Kc6 15.Be7 b5+ 16.axb6 Kxb6 17.Bxh7 Nxh7 18.Kd5 Kc7 19.Kxe5 Kd7 20.Bc5 Ke8 21.Ke6 a5 22.Ba3 a4 23.Bb4 Ng5+ 24.Kf6 Nf7 25.h7 Nh8 26.Kg7 Nf7 27.Ba3 WINS.

Many years later Botvinnik was to remember the important lesson that Flohr had taught him in this game. In the 23rd match game for the World Championship against Bronstein, Botvinnik had the two Bishops and was able to win the ending, to keep his title.


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

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