PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 7/01/2001

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 173

White to play & DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:1R6/7p/7k/P7/P7/P7/1K5p/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 172

Max Euwe, (1901-1981).

World Champion 1935-37. Dutch Grandmaster. In the early thirties, Euwe had become one of the worlds leading grandmasters but he was not considered a serious contender for the World Championship. As expected, Alekhine took a commanding lead in the 1935 match, winning three of the first four games. Euwe's supporters drew a glimmer of hope from the following ending which was played after suffering a severe defeat in the first game.

M. Euwe vs A. Alekhine

1935 World Championship

(2nd Game) 

 

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

Euwe reached this position at adjournament after surviving great time pressure. 1.Bc4 was his sealed move. White is winning because of his control of the f-file and having the advanced passer at c6 which requires a lot of attention from Black.

1.Bc4 Kh6

1...Rf8? 2.Qxf8+ Qxf8 3.Rxf8 Kxf8 4.c7 +--;

1...Bf6? 2.Qxf6+ Qxf6 3.Rxf6 Kxf6 4.Ba6 +--;

1...Kh8 2.Qd5! Rd8 3.Qe6! e4 4.Rf7 Qxe6 5.Bxe6 e3 6.Rf1 e2 7.Re1 Rd1 8.c7 Rxe1 9.c8Q+ Kg7 10.Qc3+ +--;

2.Qh1! Rb2

Black must stop the dicovered check which wins immediately.

3.Rf7 Qe8?

3...Qc5 was a better defence but Black still loses: 4.Qd5 Qxd5 5.Bxd5 Be3 (playing the Bishop to 5...Bd8 and sacrificing it for the c-pawn may offer stronger resistance but White should win in the end) 6.c7 Bg1 7.Bg2! Rc2 8.Kh4! Be3 9.g5+ Bxg5+ 10.Kh3 Rc3 11.Bb7 Bf4 12.c8Q Rxg3+ 13.Kh2 Rc3+ 14.Kg2 Rxc8 15.Bxc8 and the ending is won;

4.c7 Rc2

4...Be3 5.Qe4 Bg5 6.Qd5 +--;

5.Qb7! Resigns

The threat of 6.Rxh7+! Kxh7 7.c8Q! cannot be parried.

 

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Cumulative 2000

Henryk Kalafut wins because he has climbed the ladder 4 times. Paul Cheng and Federico Giallombardo come equal 2/3.

Oliver Scalbert wins in December closely followed by Graham White.

All scores will now be set to zero for Cumulative 2001 which starts with this weeks position! 

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1. Cumulative 2001 Prizes: 1st £100 or equivalent, 2nd £50, 3rd £30; 4th £20. Entries limited to 20 solvers. This event will run from 7/1/2001 to 30/12/2001. Present CUMULATIVE COMPETITION rules apply but note the prizes will go to those participants who climb the ladder the greatest number of times during the year. The relative position of the solver's name on the ladder will decide the allocation of prizes.

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