PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 26/11/2000

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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Gary Newsom, Peter Bereolos and Henryk Kalafut.


THIS WEEK

POSITION 168

White to play and WIN

  FORSYTH NOTATION :8/pBb1r1k1/Pp3pp1/1PpRn2p/2P4P/1KP1B1P1/8/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 167

Leonid Kubbel, (1891-1942).

Soviet endgame composer. His early studies were compiled when he was only 13 years old and he showed tremendous talent. Along with fellow composers; Troitsky, and the Platov brothers he explored and added the strategic themes of the problemist's to the genre of the endgame study. He died in the terrible siege of Leningrad in 1942.

L. Kubbel, 1917

White to play and DRAW

 

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

White has to cope with a double attack. The threats consists of an attack on the Rook at c4 and a Bishop mating threat at f2. Playing 1.Rf4 takes care of this double attack but White's position would be hopeless because Black would have to give up his Rook for the passed c-pawn. White offers the Rook for the c-pawn now, knowing its capture leads to stalemate.

1. Rxc7+! Kxa6

1... Bxc7 stalemate;

1...Ka8 2.Rc8+ 3.Ka7 Rc7+ will lead to a draw;

2. Rc6 ...

White pins the Bishop to take care of the mating threat.

2... Kb5

He renews the double attack.

2... Kb7 3. Rxf6 Bd8 4. Kg5 Bd3 5. h4 Kc7 6. h5 Kd7 7. Kh6! Bxf6 stalemate;

3. Rxf6 ...

White had no choice but to allow his Rook to be pinned.

3... Bd8

4. Kg5 Bd3

This move prevents the release of the Rook by Kf5 or Kg6. Black seems to be winning because the Rook is lost but in this desperate situation White finds a saving resource.

5. h4 Kc5

6. h5 Kd5

7. Kh6! ...

7. h6? Ke5 Wins;

7.h6? Bh7 Wins;

7... Bxf6

Stalemate

Grigory Levenfish (1925) writing about the studies of Kubbel:

".... his work will be indispensable to all who appreciate the poetry of chess and the beauty to be found in the realm of chess ideas."


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

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*Henryk Kalafut wins in October*

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