PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 11/02/2001

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 178

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:2b5/p6p/2k3p1/3p1p2/PK1P1P1P/6P1/4B3/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 177

Carel Mann, (1871-1928).

Dutch Endgame Composer. His studies were mainly with Queens and a minor piece , especially the Bishop. He made an original contribution to our understanding of the theory of these endings. He was the first composer from the Netherlands to succeed in international tourneys for studies. His golden periods of composing lasted from 1912-1914 and 1921-24.

C. Mann, 1913

White to play & WIN

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

White is going to bring about a position of Zugzwang where Black will have the stark choice between losing his Queen or being mated. But first White has to win the two Black pawns which at the moment complicate the picture. The Black King will be driven up the board towards his Queen to make these aims possible. This plan also keeps the enemy Queen confined to the corner.

1.Qg8+ Ka4

1... Kc3 2. Bg7+ wins;

1... Kc2 2. Qc4+ Kb2 3. Bg7+ Kb1 4. Qb3+ Kc1 5. Qd1 mate;

2.Qc4+ Ka5

3.Bd6! ...

The Bishop gets into the action with the threat of mate at c7.

3... Kb6

The only reasonable move.

4.Bc7+! Kb7

4...Ka7 5.Qc5+ leads to the main line.

5.Qd5+! Ka7

6.Bb6+! Kb8

7.Qd7! ...

A wonderful quiet move.

7... Qb7

7... Qa6 8. Qc6 Qb7 9. Qd6+ and follows the main line.

8.Qd6+ ...

Now White wins the Black pawns in such a way that the important Zugzwang position is reached.

8... Ka8

9.Qxa3+ Kb8 10.Qd6+ Ka8 11. Qd8+! Qb8 12.Qd5+ Qb7 13.Qa5+ Kb8 14.Qe5+ Ka8 15.Qe8+Qb8 16. Qxe4+! (16. Qa4+ Kb7 17. Qb5 e3! 18. Bxe3+ Kc8 =)16... Qb7 17.Qe8+ Qb8 18.Qa4+ Kb7 19.Qb5! and White wins.

The Zugzwang position has finally been obtained and Black has no reasonable moves. In the variations he loses his Queen or he is mated. A wonderful complex ending which is difficult to solve because of the many moves available to the Queen on the open board.

It is a sad fact that the endgame compositions of Carel Mann are relatively unknown, when his very best work is comparable with the great Russian composers.

 

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