PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 17/12/2000

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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POSITION 171

White to play and WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:n6k/8/8/6P1/3K4/3B4/8/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 170

Alexander  Beliavsky. Ukranian Grandmaster. World Junior Champion(1973). World Championship candidate. 

 Beliavsky vs Trater

Bled, 1996

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

In the opening and middlegame the King is sheltered from attack but in the endgame an important transition occurs. The King, if free from enemy attention, can become a powerful piece, equivalent to a Bishop or Knight. It is this change in the role of the King which is one of the main characteristics of the endgame phase in chess. In this position White has the more active monarch and it is this positional plus which creates winning chances.

1.Kc6 Ke7

2.Kc7 Na6

3.Kb6 Nc5

4.Kc6...

Black now loses his a-pawn but in a few moves he recovers White's a-pawn. The win is still very difficult !!

4 ... Nb3

5. Nxa4 Nd4+

6.Kb7...

6. Kb6 Nc2 7. Nc3 Nxa3 8. Nb5 White now attacks and wins the weak d-pawn; 8...Nc2 9. Kc7 Nb4 10. Nxd6 Na6+ 11. Kb6 Nb4 12. Nc4 Nd3 13. Kc7 Nc5 White wins by pushing his d-pawn through and Black will be forced to give up his Knight. Whites final pawn will be promoted.

6 ... Nb5

7. Nb6 Nxa3

7... Nc3? This was the move played in the game. 8. a4 Nxe4 9. a5 Nc5+ 10. Kc7 Na6+ 11. Kc8 e4 12. Nc4 Nb4 13. Kb7 Nxd5 14. a6 Kd7 15. a7 Nc7 16. Nb6+ Kd8 17. Nd5 Na8 18. Kb8! and White wins;

8. Kc6 Nb1

9. Nc8+ Kf6

10. Nxd6 Nc3

11. Kd7 Kg5

11... Na4 12. Nb7 Nc3 13. Nc5 Kf7 14. d6 Nb5 15. Kc6 Nd4+ 16. Kd5 Nf3 17. Ne6 Ke8 18. Kc6 wins;

12. Ke7 Kf4

13. Ke6 Na4

14. Kd7 Nc3; 15. Kc6 Kg4; 16. Kc5 Kg5; 17. Kc4 Ne2; 18. Nf5 Kf6;

19. d6 Ke6; 20. Kc5 Kd7; 21. Kd5 Nc3+; 22. Kxe5 White wins.

In the ending phase the King is a powerful piece. How can we afford not to use his influence. In a closely contested endgame where the position looks equal and King safety is not a problem do not agree a draw until you have examined the potential of activating your King.

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