PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 28/01/2001

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, Allan Bennett, and Henrk Kalafut.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 176

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/5p2/p5p1/1b1k3p/7P/4KPP1/8/R7:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 175

Sergei Sakharov

Top Soviet Endgame Composer. Composed nearly one hundred compositions spread over four decades. Often composed jointly with L. Mitrofanov.

S. Sakharov, 1974

White to play & WIN

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

This is a wonderful endgame study. Here we see echoes of the earlier work of Simkhovitch (1896-1945) who was captivated by the concept of the Queen who is made to be weak and harmless. But here the composer extends the idea, and we are lead to an exquisite pawn ending.

Can White exploit the weak King position even though he is faced with a new Black Queen?

1.a7 ...

1.axb7+ Kxb8 and Black wins easily.

1... Nb6

Black is forced to play his Knight here because after 1... a1Q 2.a8Q he has no real answer to the discovered mate on the back rank.

2.cxb6!! ...

2.Be5? Na8 3.Bxg7 b6 4.cxb6 Kb7 5.Ke7 Nxb6 6.Ke6 Kxa7 and it is White who is struggling to draw.

2... a1Q

3.a8Q! Qxa8

4.Ba7! ...

Black has escaped the mating threat but now finds his Queen is trapped. The Queen, the most powerful piece on the board is now weak and harmless. A wonderful concept.

4... g6

4... Qb8 5. Bxb8 Kxb8 6. Kd8 Ka8 7.Kc8 g6 8.Kc7 g5 9.Kc8 g4 10.Kd8 Kb8 11.Kd7...and the K & P ending is easily won for White.

5.Ke7 g5

6.Ke8 g4

7.Ke7 Qb8

The Queen is forced to end its humiliation.

8.Bxb8 Kxb8

9.Kd7 Ka8

10.Ke6 Kb8

11.Kf5 Kc8

12.Kxg4 Kd7

13.Kxg3 c6

14. Kh4! ...

14. Kf4? throws away the win: 14...Kxb6 15. g4 Kc6 16. g5 Kd6 17. Kf5 b5 18. Kf6 b4 19. g6 b3 20. g7 b2 21. g8Q b1Q Draw.

14...Kxb6 15. g4 Kc6 16.g5 Kd6 17.Kh5 Ke7 18.Kh6 Kf7 19.Kh7 WINS.

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