PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 03/12/2000

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 Senator and Henryk Kalafut.


THIS WEEK

POSITION 169

White to play and WIN

  FORSYTH NOTATION:3K4/kp6/r6P/P7/p7/8/8/4B3:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 168

Mikail Chigorin, ( 1850-1908 ).

World Championship Challenger. The founding father of Soviet Chess. From about 1883 to the end of the 19th century he was one of the strongest players in the world and twice unsuccessfully fought matches for the World Championship against Steinitz. He was a fine tactical player who made original contributions to chess theory.

Chigorin vs Marco

Vienna, 1903

White to play and WIN

 

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

White's queenside pawns are well advanced and the pieces are in good positions, which makes the following sacrifice of the Rook possible. The creation of three passed pawns in or near the upper part of the board, which are well supported, will always create winning chances.

1. Rxc5! bxc5

2. Bxc5 Rf7 

2... Rd7 3. Bxa7 : A) 3. ... g5 4. hxg5 Kg6 5. gxf6 Kxf6 6. Bd4 Bb8 7. Be4 Ra7 8. Bb7! Rxb7 9. axb7 Ke6 10. c5 Kd5 11. Bxe5 Bxe5 12. Kb4 Bxg3 13. c4+ Ke6 14. c6 Ke7 15. b6 Kd8 16. Kb5 h4 17. c7+ Bxc7 18. bxc7+ Kxc7 19. Ka6 wins; B) 3... Nd3 4. Bd4 Bxg3 5. a7 Rd8 6. b6 Bd6 7. Bc6 Nc5+ 8. Kb4 Nd7+ 9. c5 Nxb6 10. cxd6 White wins;

2... Re8 3. Bxa7 Nd7 4. Bf2 Bb8 5. c5 Ne5 6. c6 +-; 

2...Kf7 3.Bxa7 Nd3 (3...Nd7 4.Bd4 Bb8 5.Bd5+ Ke8 6.b6 Nxb6 7.Bxb6 and White wins) 4.Bd4 Re2 5.Bd5+ Ke7 6.c5 Bb8 7.b6 Rb2+ 8.Kc4 Ne5+ 9.Bxe5 Bxe5 10.a7 Ra2 11.Kb5 Ra3 12.c6 Kd8 13.c7+ Bxc7 14.bxc7+ Kxc7 15.a8Q Rxa8 16.Bxa8 with a win.

3. Bxa7 Nd7

  3...Nd3 4.Bd4 Bxg3 5.a7 Rf8 6.b6 Bd6 7.Kc2 Nc5 8.Bxc5 Bxc5 9.Bc8 Bxb6 10.a8Q+-;

 4. Bd4 Bb8 

4... Bxg3 5. a7 Rf8 6. b6 Nxb6 7. Bxb6 Bxh4 8. c5 Bf2 9. Kc4 h4 10. Bc7 Bg3 11. Bd6 Rh8 12. a8=Q Rxa8 13. Bxa8 +-; 

5. c5 Nxc5+

In order to halt the advance of the pawns Black gives back the extra material hoping for counterplay on the kingside. 

5... Nf8 6. c6 Ne6 7. b6 Rf8 8. a7 Bxg3 9. Bc8 Rxc8 10. b7 Rxc6 11. b8=Q Bxb8 12. axb8=Q Kf7 13. Be3 Rc7 14. Qh8 f5 15. Qh7+ Kf6 16. Bg5+ Ke5 17. Qxg6 +-;

 6. Bxc5 Rxb7

 The White King now enters the conflict to create a pleasing end to one of Chigorin's great games. 

7. axb7 g5 8.Kc4 f5 9.Kd5 f4 10.gxf4 gxf4 11.Ke6 Black resigned.

 


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