PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 08/04/2001

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 186

White to play & DRAW

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/1b4P1/1Pk5/8/8/3r4/7p/7K: 

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 185

Illya Rabinovich, (1891-1942).

A Gifted Soviet master. Endgame Theorist. He was the first Soviet player to compete in an international tournament outside the USSR which was Baden-Baden 1925. He shared the 1934 Soviet Championship with Levenfish which was probably his greatest playing achievement. He wrote an important book on the endgame which was translated into Dutch and published in three parts: Toreneindspelen (1942), Paard-en lopereindspelen (1948) and Pionneneindspelen (1950).

Rabinovich vs Romanovsky

Leningrad, 1934

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

White has a winning position because of the passed g-pawn and he has the more desirable Bishop. The g-pawn will not be able to promote but it will be a distraction to the enemy pieces as the White King penetrates to the queenside along the undefended dark squares. The White Bishop has greater mobility, it can operate in front of its pawn chain, whereas its opposite number is hemmed in by its own pawns.

1.Bg3! ...

This move dampens the effect of 1...e5 when Black could threaten to gain a passed e-pawn by 2...exd4 3.exd4 and his position has improved. The move 1.Bf6 has the same effect as 1.Bg3;

1.Kg3? e5 2.dxe5 Bf7 3.Kf4 Be6 4.Bf6 Kg8 5.Kg5 Kh7 6.Bd8 Kg7 with a blockade ;

1...Kg7

The game continuation was: 1... e5 (Black seeks freedom for his pieces) 2.Bxe5 Kf7 3.Kh4 Ke6 4.Kg5 Be8 5.Kh6 Bf7 6.Kg7 Be8 7.g5 Kf5 8.Kf8 White wins;

2.Be5+ Kh7

3.Kg3 Be8

3...Kg8 4.Kf4 Kf8 5.Kg5 Kf7 6.Kh6! and Black will lose the Bishop.

4.Kf4 Kg6

5.Bc7 Kf6

5...e5+ 6.Kxe5 Kg5 7.Ke6 Kxg4 8.Bf4 Bh5 9.Kd7 Kf5 10.Kxc6 with a win.

6.Bd8+ Kf7

7.Ke5 Bd7

8.Kd6 ...

The King is in the heart of the enemy position. The pawns are very vulnerable. Black is severely handicapped by lack of space in which to manoeuvre.

8... Be8

9.Bg5 Kf8

The e-pawn is lost and Black has no reasonable defence.

10.Kxe6 Bf7+

11.Kd7 Be8+

12.Kd8 Bf7

13.Bh6+ Kg8

14.Kd7...

The c-pawn is lost and White wins easily.

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