PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 04/02/2001

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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 177

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:q4B2/8/8/8/4p3/pk6/6Q1/4K3:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 176

Jan Timman, (1951- )

Dutch Grandmaster. World Championship Candidate. A leading player since the mid 70's. He has won many top class events including Wijk aan Zee, Linares, Amsterdam and Tilburg.

Timman vs Romanishin

Wijk aan Zee, 1985 

White to play & WIN

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

Black has decided to play his King to the queenside ( Ke5-Kd5) to support the a-pawn but this is the wrong plan. If the King remained on the Kingside the following winning manoeuvre could not have been undertaken. Black would have time to build a fortress position. White's winning idea is to infiltrate on the King side, win the Black pawns and create a new Queen. The Rook will be given up for the dangerous a-pawn.

1.Kf4! ...

1.g4!? hg4 2.fxg4 Ke6 3.h5 gxh5 4.gxh5 Kf6 5.Rg1! Ba4;

Both Romanishin and Timman felt that the position after 5...Ba4 is drawn (Timman's Selected Games, 1995) because White cannot keep the Bishop away from the b1-h7 diagonal. But White has a simple winning plan here. Can you see it? Hint: The White Monarch goes on a very long journey.

2... Kc5

1... f6 2. g4 hxg4 (2... Ke6 3. Rc1 followed by Rc5 or Rc7 +--) 3. fxg4 Ke6 4. h5 Kf7 5. Rh1 g5+ (if 5... gxh5 6. gxh5 Kg7 7. h6+ Kh7 8. Kf5 Bc6 9. Rh4 a5 10. Kxf6 a4 11. Rc4 Bb5 12. Rc3 Ba6 13. Kg5 wins) 6. Kg3 a5 7. Rb1 Be2 8. Rb7+ Kg8 9. Ra7 f5 10. gxf5 Bxh5 11. Rxa5 Wins.

2.g4! ...

White seeks to break up the Kingside pawns so that they become vunerable to attack.

2... Kb4

3.gxh5 gxh5

4.Kg5 Be2

5.f4! ...

White needs to keep his f-pawn in order to win.

5.Kxh5? Bxf3+ 6.Kg5 a5 7.h5 f6+ 8.Kg6 Be4+ 9.Kxf6 a4 10.h6 a3 11.Kg7 Kb3 =;

5. ... a5

6.Re1 Bg4

Black is threatening to draw with f5!!

7.f5! a4

8.Re7 ...

Black Resigned.

The Black f-pawn is lost. The Rook can now be given up for the a-pawn. A possible continuation is: 8...a3 9.Rxf7 a2 10.Ra7 Kb3 11.f6 Be6 12.Kxh5 Bf7+ 13.Kh6 Be8 14.Rxa2 Kxa2 15.Kg7 Bh5 16.f7 and White will gain a new Queen.

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