PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 21/01/2001

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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 175

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:1Bk1K3/1p4p1/P7/2P5/n7/6p1/p5P1/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 174

Lajos Portisch,(1937- ).

World Championship Candidate. Hungarian Grandmaster. From 1960 to 1990 he had a brilliant record, winning or sharing 20 first prizes. He played a pivotal role in Hungary winning the 1978 Olympiad ahead of the Soviet Union.

Portisch vs Besser

Halle, 1967

White to play & WIN

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

White's winning plan is to advance the c-pawn with the assistance of the King. But this only works if the a-pawn is defended by the Bishop. The a-pawn will act as a decoy. Black can counter attack by advancing his h-pawn but this plan falls to a beautiful underpromotion by White.

1.Bd3! ...

To defend the a-pawn.

1. Kc6? Kxa6 2. Kd7 Be5 = Black can set up a blockade on c7.

1... h5

2. Kc6 h4

2... Be5 3. Kd7 h4 4. c6 h3 5. Bf1 h2 6. Bg2 Kxa6 7. c7 +--;

2... Ba3 3. Kd5 h4 4. c6 Kb8(b6) 5. Bf5! +--;

3. Kd7 h3

4. c6! Be5

If Black pushes his h-pawn and promotes it to a Queen we have the beautiful line:

4... h2 5. c7 h1Q 6.c8N+! Kb8 7. a7+ +-;

5. Bf1 h2

6. Bg2 Kxa6

The c-pawn will cost the Bishop and White then wins easily.

7. c7 Bxc7

8. Kxc7 Kb5

9. Kd6 Kc4

10. Ke5 Wins.

 

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