PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 06/05/2001

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 190

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/KPb5/8/P5p1/5p2/3k4/7P/2B5:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 189

Vasily Smyslov, (1921- ).

Soviet International Grandmaster. World Champion 1957-8. In his endgame play, Smyslov comes close to Capablanca and Rubinstein. To Smyslov, both, music and chess follow the intangible rules of beauty and harmony. Chess to him was more than a sport or a science but supremely an expression of art.

Gligoric vs Smyslov,

Hastings 1962/3

Black to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/1B1k3p/pB2p1p1/5p2/Pb3P2/1n2P3/5P1P/5K2:

The advantage of the two Bishops over a Knight and Bishop or two Knights is one of the fundamental teachings of Steinitz. But in the above position the Bishops are poorly placed and Black manages to squeeze out a win by exchanging the dark-squared Bishops to create a powerful outside passed pawn.

1... Bc5!

2.a5 ...

The other choice is: 2.Bxc5 Nxc5 3.Bf3 Nxa4 4.Be2 Nc5 5.Bc4 a5 6.Ke2 Kd6 7.Kd2 Ne4+ 8.Ke2 Nf6 9.h3?! Nd5 10.Kd3 Kc5 --+; In the main line White holds onto the pawn longer but there is not much difference in the eventual outcome. In both lines Black obtains a strong outside passed pawn.

2... Bxb6

Black creates a strong passer and White is left with a weak b-pawn.

3.axb6 a5!

4.Ba6 ...

White is badly placed to offer any kind of resistance to the passer. The attempt to stop the a-pawn with the King fails. For example: 4.Ke2 a4 5.Kd3 a3 6.Kc2 a2 7.Kxb3 a1Q wins;

4... Kc6

4...Nc5 5.Bb5+ Kc8 6.Ke2 Kb7 7.f3 Kxb6 8.Bc4 Kc6 9.Kd2 Kd6 10.Kc3 Na4+ 11.Kd4 Nb6 12.Ba2 Nd7 13.e4 e5+ 14.fxe5+ Nxe5 15.exf5 Nxf3+ 16.Ke4 Nxh2 17.fxg6 hxg6 18.Kf4 a4 19.Bf7 Kc5 20.Bxg6 a3 21.Bf7 Kd4 22.Bg8 Kc3 23.Bf7 Nf1 24.Bg8 Nd2 25.Ba2 Kb2 wins;

5.Bc8 ...

5.b7 Kc7 6.Ke2 Nc5 7.b8Q+ Kxb8 8.Bc4 Kc7 9.Kd2 Kd6--+ Black has an easy win with the outside passed pawn and the potential to attack White's weak pawns;

5... a4

6.Bxe6 ...

6.b7 Kc7 7.Bxe6 Nc1 8.f3 a3 9.e4 a2 10.Bxa2 Nxa2 11.Ke2 Kxb7 12.Kd3 Kc6 13.Kd4 Kd6--+;

6... Nc1

There are a number of different ways to win from here but let us follow the moves of the game:

7.Ke1 a3 8.Kd2 a2 The Bishop has to give itself up for the passed pawn and the win is now fairly straightforward. 9.Bxa2 Nxa2 10.Kd3 Kxb6 11.Kd4 Kc6 12.Ke5 Nb4 13.Kf6 Kd5 14.Kg7 Ke6 15.Kxh7 Kf6 16.f3 Nd3 17.Kh6 Ne1 18.e4 Nxf3 WHITE RESIGNS.

More of his brilliant endings can be found in Vasily Smyslov: Endgame Virtuoso. Cadogon 1997.


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