PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 18/03/2001

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 183

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:4b3/4P3/6p1/KpBk2P1/p2P3P/8/8/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 182

Tigran Petrosian,(1929 -1984).

World Champion 1963-69. In the early 1950's, Petrosian emerged from the ranks of Soviet Masters to become a leading player and a Candidate for the world championship. It was at the island of Curacao, in the Caribbean where he had his greatest triumph, taking first place in the 5th Candidates Tournament (+8 =9) and so becoming Botvinnik's challenger for the World Championship.

Petrosian vs Tal

Candidates Tournament,

Curacao, 1962

FORSYTH NOTATION:R7/1r3p2/4pk2/5p1p/3P1K2/4P1PP/5P2/8:

The game had been adjourned a few moves before this position had been reached and Tal played ...h7-h5? at the start, weakening his pawn formation even further. White had planned to exchange his g-pawn for the f5 pawn and then create a passer by advancing the d- and e-pawns, but this plan is now impossible to carry out. Petrosian instead, now wins the h-pawn with his Rook and achieves his aim of obtaining a dangerous passed pawn.

1.Rg8! Rb2

2.Kf3 Rd2

3.h4! Ke7

Black can't defend his pawn at h5 but he hopes to deprive the Rook of its mobility.

4.Rg5 Kf8

5.Rxh5 Kg7

6.Rg5+ Kh7

7.g4! ...

The game continuation was: 7.h5 Ra2 (7...Kh6 8.Rg8 Kxh5 9.Rg7 f6 10.Re7 e5 11.dxe5 fxe5 12.Rxe5 White wins) 8.g4! Kh6 9.Rg8 Kh7 10.Re8 fxg4 11.Kg3! Kh6 12.Re7 Kg7 13.Rc7 Rb2 14.Rc5 Kf6 15.d5 Rb4 16.h6 exd5 17.Rxd5 Kg6 18. Rd6+ Kg5 19.h7 Rb8 20.Rd1 Rh8 21.Rh1 Black overstepped the time limit in this lost position.

7...fxg4+!

This is better than 7...f6 which loses quickly to: 8.Rh5+ Kg6 9.gxf5+! (Bobby Fischer's idea) ...Kxh5 10.fxe6 Ra2 11.d5 Kg6 12.d6 Rd2 13.d7 wins.

8.Rxg4 Kh6

9.Rg5 Kh7

9...Ra2 10.e4 Ra4 11.d5 exd5 12.exd5! Rxh4 13.Rg4 Rh3+ 14.Ke2 Ra3 15.d6 Ra7 16.Rd4 Rd7 17.Kf3 Kg6 18.Ke4 Kf6 19.Kd5 Rd8 20.Kc6 Ke5 21.Rd5+ Ke6 22.d7 f6 23.Kc7 wins.

10.Re5! ...

A wonderful position for the Rook from where it applies maximum pressure to Blacks position and guards the advance of the White pawns.

10... Kg6

11.h5+ Kh6

12.Kg3 ...

White wants to create a passed pawn in the center and use the h-pawn as a decoy. The f-pawn will be advanced and exchanged on e6 creating a terminal weakness.The ending is very instructive.

12...Rd1

13.f4! Kg7

14.f5! Kf6

15.fxe6 fxe6 16.Kf3 (the King goes on a long journey towards the enemy e-pawn) Rh1 17.Ke4 Rh4+ 18.Kd3 Rh1 19.Kc4 Rc1+ 20.Kb5 Rc2 (White's King is only cut off temporarily) 21.h6! Rh2 22.Kc6 Rxh6 23.Kd6 Kf7 24.e4 Rg6 25.Kd7 Rh6 26.d5! White wins. A fine ending.

This was the first time that Petrosian managed to beat Tal, the former World Champion who was to have a miserable tournament due to ill-health.

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