PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 14/01/2001

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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Alexander Vojna, Graham White, Oliver Scalbert, Allan Bennett, Peter Bereolos and Henrk Kalafut.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 174

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/k7/P5Bp/1KP5/5p2/5P2/1b6/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 173

Szaja Kozlowski, (1910-1943).

Polish Endgame Composer. Composed about 30 studies, some of which have become classics. His life was tragically cut short by the Second World War before he had reached his full potential as a composer.

S. Kozlowski, 1932

White to play & DRAW

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

White's only hope is to keep checking the Black King but this will not last for ever. In reply the Black Monarch moves towards the advanced h-pawn on squares which deny the Rook access to the h-file. In this way he keeps his chances alive of promoting the h-pawn.

1. Rb6+ ...

1. a6 h1Q 2. a7 Qg2+ 3. Kb3 Qd5+ 4. Kb4 Qd4+ Black wins the a7 pawn. 5. Kb5 Qxa7 6. Rb6+ Kg5 7. a5 h5 --+;

1... Kg5

1... Kg7 2. Rb7+ Kg6 3. Rb6+ Kg5 and follows the main line.

1... Kh5 2. Rb5+ Kh4 3. Rb4+ Kh3 4. Rb7 h5 5. Rb3+ Kg2 6. Ka2 h1=Q 7. Rb1 Qh4 8. Rb2+ =;

2. Rb5+ Kg4

3. Rb4+ Kg3

4. Rb3+ Kg2

White finds a wonderful defence even though the h-pawn promotes.

5. Ka2! h1Q

6. Rb1! ...

6. Rb2+ allows that King to escape 6... Kf3 7. Rb1 Qg2+ 8. Rb2 Qg8+ Wins;

6... Qh6

6... Qxb1+ 7. Kxb1 h5 8. a6 h4 9. a7 h3 10. a8=Q+ wins

7. Rb2+ Draw.

A draw because Black can't avoid the perpetual check. The Rook is protected by the King and the pawns along the b-file. The King can't escape via the 6th rank because of the Rb6 skewer of the Queen.

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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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Endgame Solving Tournament 2000
 

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  COMPETITIONS for the New Year

1. Cumulative 2001 Prizes: 1st £100 or equivalent, 2nd £50, 3rd £30; 4th £20. (Total Prize Money=£200) 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.

2. Endgame Solving Tournaments 2001. The nature of these events are changing. They will be directed at mainly new or intermediate solvers and will not be too difficult. No money prizes but a book prize for the highest placed newcomer. Events will take place at Easter, Summer and Christmas each consisting of 5 positions to solve. Present strict rules will apply; no computer analysis.


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