PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 31/12/2000

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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 172

White to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:1r6/4q1kp/2P3p1/4p1b1/6P1/5QPK/4B3/5R2:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 171

Gleb Zakhodiakin, (1912-1982).

Soviet Endgame Composer. Composed throughout his life and has over two hundred studies to his credit. Many of these are miniatures, i.e. an endgame study with seven or fewer men. The study below is one of his great composing achievements. 

Zakhodiakin, 1931

White to play and WIN

 

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

Black wants to be able to sacrifice the Knight for the pawn or at least try and build a blockade to stop the passer. But at the moment the Knight is in the wrong upper corner of the board and is in danger of being cut off. White in his play seeks to dominate the Knight.

1.Kc5! Nc7

Black has no choice or he will lose the Knight.

2.Kd6 Ne8+

3.Ke7! ...

3.Kd7? Ng7 4.Bg6 Kg8 5.Ke7 Kh8 6.Kf7 Nf5 7.Bxf5=;

3...Ng7

The Knight is forced to find shelter here, but the Black King is denied access to the important g7 square.

3...Nc7? fails against 4.Kf7! Nd5 5.g6+-;

4.Bg6 Kg8

Black is left to shuffle with his King.

5.Bf7+ Kh7

5...Kh8 would make the solution shorter by one tempo.

6.Kf6 Kh8

White now carries out a wonderful manoeuvre with his King to guard f5 and h5 so that the pawn can be advanced to g6 without the Knight escaping.

7.Ke5 ...

7.Kg6? Ne6! and the Knight cannot be taken because it would be stalemate;

7...Kh7

8.Ke4! ...

This is the extra tempo required because of black's 5th move.

7...Kh8

9.Kf4 Kh7

10.Kg4 Kh8

11.g6 Wins.

The Knight is lost and White only has to avoid any stalemate position to win the game. A wonderful study with many fine points and deserved fully the first prize it achieved in a 1931 study tourney.

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