PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 10/12/2000

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 170

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:3k4/8/1K1p4/2nPp3/p3P3/P1N5/8/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 169

David Joseph, (1896-1984) English Player and Endgame Composer. A Lancashire County player who became famous for the following study which he composed while on a train journey. The ending is very fine and is celebrated as a masterpiece throughout the chess world.

D. Joseph, 1921

White to play and WIN

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

Here we see the study in its original form as published in the Sunday Express in 1921. The following year the study appeared in the British Chess Magazine and the earlier moves had been cut. It was presented as a minature pawn study with promotion play.

White has to queen the h-pawn in order to win and so he must prevent the Rook from going to the h-file.

1. Bf2+ Kb8!

This is a useful move in defence, as Black is going to try and set up a stalemate.

2. Bb6 Rxb6

3. axb6 a3

4. h7 a2

This is how the study appeared in the British Chess Magazine and in this form it is well known.

5. h8Q a1Q!

6. Qg8! ...

White avoids the stalemate capture and instead keeps the Queen on the 8th rank and threatens checkmate by moving the king to the 7th rank.

6.Qe8? would throw away the win because of 6...Qg7!;

6. ... Qa2

7. Qe8 ...

White repeats the threat and prevents 7... Qf7;

7. ... Qa4

White now has an important check which forces the King on to the a-file so that the stalemate defence is no longer available.

8. Qe5+ Ka8

9. Qh8 Wins.

With the stalemate threat gone, there is nothing Black can do to prevent the White King from moving off the 8th rank to deliver mate.


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