PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 25/03/2001

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 184

White to play & WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/6P1/3B2k1/8/2r3P1/8/K7: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 183

Isaac Kashdan, (1905-1985).

American Grandmaster, Between 1928 -1934, Isaac Kashdan was one of the strongest players in the world. At the 1928 Hague Olympiad he had the highest score on board 1 to take the gold medal. In 1930 he had a number of excellent tournament results against Europe's best, scoring 83%. Along with Marshall and Fine he was the mainstay of the American team when they had that brilliant run of victories in the Olympiads.

 

Kashdan, 1929

White to play & WIN

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

This position is taken from an actual game from the Manhattan Club Championship of 1929. But many years later Walter Korn thought it would work as a study (?) so he reversed colours in the position and had it included in his book: American Chess Art (1975,1995). He did this so that it would follow the composers "Codex" which says that a study must start with White to move. Kashdan, who had the Black pieces in the game, worked out the winning idea during the adjournment:

Each side seeks to promote a passed pawn and this will cost the life of the opposing Bishop. The struggle comes down to a fascinating Queen and pawn ending. 

1.Kb6! ...

1.Kb4 also seems to win but it lacks the clarity of the main line. 1...Ke6 2.Kc3 Bc6 (2...Kf5 3.d5 Kg4 4.Kd4 Kxh4 5.Ke5 Kxg5 6.Ke6+--) 3.Kd3 Kd7 4.Ke3 Ke6 5.Kf4 Be8 6.Ba3 Bd7 7.Bb4 Be8 8.d5+ Kxd5 9.h5 Ke6 10.h6 Kf7 11.Ke5 Kg8 12.Kd6 Kh8 13.Kc7 Kg8 14.Kd8 +--;

1...Kc4

The Kings move towards their respective passed pawns. White has the edge in this ending because he has the possiblity of creating an advanced passer on the kingside.

2.Kc7 b4

3.Kd8!...

3.Bd6 a3 4.d5 Kd4 5.Kd8 a2 6.Kxe8 a1Q 7.Kf7 Qa7=;

3...Bf7

4.Bd6 b3

4...a3 5.d5 Kd4 6.e8Q Bxe8 7.Kxe8 a2 8.Bf8 Kxd5 9.Bg7+-;

5.Ba3 Kxd4

5...Kc3 6.d5 b2 7.Bxb2+ Kxb2 8.d6 a3 9.d7 a2 10.e8Q+-;

6.e8Q Bxe8

7.Kxe8 Kc3

8.h5!...

The key move. The resultant passed White g-pawn will queen before the Black pawns.

8.. gxh5

9.g6 b2

10.Bxb2+ Kxb2

11.g7 a3 12.g8Q a2 13.Qg2+ Kb3 14.Qd5+ Kb2 15.Qd4+ Kb3 16.Kd7 h4 17.Kc6 (The King gets back to help mate the Black King)17..h3 18.Kb5 h2 19.Qa1 h1Q 20.Qxh1 Kb2 21.Qg2+ Kb1 22.Kb4 a1Q 23.Kb3! WINS.

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