PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 01/04/2001

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 185

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:5k2/8/p1p1p1b1/1pPp4/1P1Pp1PB/P3P2K/8/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 184

Visa Kivi, (1905-1990).

Findland's most distinguished endgame composer.

 

Kivi, 1945

White to play & WIN

 

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

Rook versus Bishop endings without pawns are usually drawn. Even when the Bishop side has one or two pawns many of these positions are drawn. Usually in order to win, the pawns need to be united and well advanced. So here we have an exceptional position where double pawns with the Bishop win against the Rook.

1.g7...

1.Kb2? Rxg3 2.g7 Kf6 =; 1.Be6? Rxg3 2.g7 Kf6 3. g8=Q Rxg8 4. Bxg8 =; 1.g4? Kxg6 2. Be6 Rg3 =;

1...Rc8

The Rook goes to the 8th rank to stop the g-pawn from promoting.

2.g4! ...

White takes the opportunity to push his other g-pawn onto a white square where it can be protected by the Bishop.

2.Be6? Ra8+ 3.Kb2 Kf6 4.g8Q Rxg8 5.Bxg8 Kf5=;

2...Rb8

3.Be6 Kf4

3...Kf6? 4.g8Q Rxg8 5.Bxg8 Kg5 6.Be6+--;

4.Ka2 Kg5

The White Monarch has to move towards the Rook in order to carryout the winning manoeuvre.

5.Ka3 Kf4

6.Ka4 Kg5

7.Ka5 Kf4

8.Ka6 Kg5

9.Ka7 Re8!

10.Bf7! ...

10.Kb7? Re7+ 11. Kc8 Rxg7 =;

10...Rd8!

11.Kb6!..

11.Kb7? Kh6! 12.g8Q Rd7+ 13.Kc8 Rc7+! 14.Kd8 Rd7+ 15.Ke8 Re7+ 16.Kf8 Re8+ stalemate;

11... Rb8

11...Kh6 12.g8R+--; 11...Kxg4 12.Kc7 Ra8 13.Be6+ Kg5 14.Bc8 Ra7+ 15.Bb7+--; 11...Kf4 12.Be6 Re8 13.Kc5 Rd8 14.Kc6 Kg5 15.Kc7 Ra8 16.Bc8! wins;

White's winning method as shown in the above variants is to use the Bishop to block the 8th rank from the influence of the Rook and then queen the g-pawn:

12.Kc7 Ra8 13.Kd6 Kxg4 14.Bd5! Re8 15.Kd7 Rb8 16.Kc7 Re8 17.Bf7 Ra8 18.Be6+ Kg5 19.Bc8! Ra7+ 20.Bb7 WINS.

A wonderful instructive ending which fully justifies its 1st position in an endgame composing tourney and knowledge of the solution will be useful in practical endgame play.

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