PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 22/04/2001

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.

Thanks to Ken W Smith, Antonio Senatore, Gerard O'Reilly, Paul Cheng, Mike Fitch and Henryk Kalafut.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 188

White to play & WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:7K/6p1/8/7p/8/8/R7/6k1: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 187

Salo Flohr, (1908-83).

Czech/Soviet Grandmaster. World Championship Candidate. Bled 1931 was Flohrs first really important tournament where he had to face a crop of world class players including Alekhine, Bogoljubov and Nimzovitch. Against these ex-Russians Flohr could only score half-a-point in six games but against the rest of the field he was a formidable opponent and managed to finish =4th in the tournament.

Vidmar vs Flohr

Bled, 1931 

Black to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/3kbp1p/4pBpP/4P1P1/1r4N1/3K1P2/8:

Flohr in an article published in the Soviet periodical "64" in 1976, remembered the Bled tournament of 1931. He recalled how in the above position he played 1...Rxg3 intuitively without bothering to calculate the variations.

 1... Rxg3! 

Black exchanges into a won pawn ending.

2.fxg3 ...

2.Bxe6? Rg2 3.B~ Rxf2+ winning easily.

2... Bxf5

3.gxf5 ...

The game continuation was: 3.exf5 Kc5 4.Ke3 Kd5 5.Kd3 Kc6 6.Ke4 Kd6 7.Ke3 Kd7 8.Kd3 Kc6 9.Ke4 Kc5 ( Here Vidmar offered a draw as it seemed Flohr did not know the winning method; but this galvanised his young opponent into action as he suddenly remembered something about triangulation....) 10.Ke3 Kd5 11.Kd3 e4+ 12.Ke3 Ke5 13.Ke2 Kd4 14.Kd2 e3+ 15.Ke1 Kd5! (triangulation: the previous position is reached with White to move. Not 15...Kd3?! and after 16.Kd1 Black is forced to retrace his steps in order to win) 16.Kf1 Ke5 17.Ke1 Kd4 18.Kd1 Kd3 -+;

3....Kc5

Threatening 4... Kd4; The King must move to c3 to protect the e-pawn, and so White hasn't time to play g4.

4.Kc3 ...

If 4.Kd3 then 4...Kb4 winning but not 4...g4?? 5.Kc3 and it is a draw;

4...g4!

Now Black wins easily.

5.Kd3 Kb4

6.Kd2 Kc4

7.Ke3 Kc3

8.Ke2 Kd4

9.Kf2 Kxe4

10.Ke2 Kxf5

Black Wins.

Black will have no difficulty in forcing through a pawn to promote to a Queen.

Salo Flohr in the above mentioned article realized the disadvantage of his inadequate theoretical knowledge of the endings at the time of the Bled tournament and pointed out that such an approach today would be unthinkable in any young ambitious player.

 

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1. Cumulative 2001 Prizes: 1st £100 or equivalent, 2nd £50, 3rd £30; 4th £20. (Total Prize Money=£200) Entries limited to 20 solvers. This event will run from 7/1/2001 to 30/12/2001. Present CUMULATIVE COMPETITION rules apply but note the prizes will go to those participants who climb the ladder the greatest number of times during the year. The relative position of the solver's name on the ladder will decide the allocation of prizes.

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