PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 20/05/2001

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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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POSITION 192

White to play & WIN

  FORSYTH NOTATION:7N/6P1/2k3K1/8/8/4r3/8/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 191

Isidor Gunsberg, (1854-1930)

World Championship Contender. Journalist and Organizer. Born in Budapest but moved to England in 1876. From 1885--1891 he was one of the world's most outstanding players. He lost a match against Steinitz for the world title in 1891 by the small margin of two points (+4=9-6). The following position is taken from one of his last tournament games when he was long past his best as a player.

Janowski vs Gunsberg

St. Petersburg, 1914

Black to play & WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:6k1/6p1/p4p1p/1p2pP2/1P2P3/Pr6/R2K2PP/8: 

The Rook at b3 has a crippling effect on White's game. The weakness of the pawn at a3 condemns the White Rook to passivity. The pawn at e4 is also weak and restricts the movement of the King because he has to stop the enemy Rook coming to e3. Black has a simple plan; by threatening to advance his King to f4 to attack the e-pawn, he will win more important positional concessions from White:

1... h5!

White will be forced to play h4 to stop the advance of the enemy King and then Black will be able to get a passer (e-pawn) by means of ...g5!

2.Ke2 ...

2.Ra1? Rb2+ -+;

2... Kh7

Gunsberg in the game played these moves in the reverse order but 1...h5 is more accurate.

3.Kf2 ...

3.h4 Rg3 4.Kf2 Rg4 5.Kf3 Rxh4 -+;

3.g3 g6 4. fxg6+ Kxg6 5. Kf2 Kg5 6. h3 h4 7. gxh4+ Kxh4 8. Rd2 Rxh3 -+;

3... Kh6

4.h4 ...

To stop the King going to f4 via g5 but Black now obtains a passer.

4... g5!

This is the winning move. In the game Gunsberg played: 4...g6? 5.Rc2! (Janowski activates his Rook.The only way to draw) 5...gxf5 6.exf5 Rxa3 7.Rc6 Kg7 8.Rc7+ Kg8 9.Rc8+ Kg7 10.Rc7+ Draw;

5.fxg6 ...

5.g3 gxh4 6.gxh4 Rh3 7.Rd2 Rxh4 8.Rd6 Kg5 9.Rxa6 Rxe4 10.Rb6 h4 11.Rxb5 h3 12.Rb8 Rh4 13.Kg1 Kxf5 Black wins.

5.Rc2 gxh4 6.Rc6 Kg5 7.Rxa6 h3 8.gh3 Rxh3 Black wins.

5... Kxg6

6.Ra1 Kf7!

Black has no neeed to hurry. 6...f5 is premature because Black's King is too far from the c-file. 7.Rc1 fxe4 8.Rc6+ Kf5 9.Rxa6 e3+ 10.Kf3 e4+ 11.Ke2 Kg4 12.Re6 Kxh4 13.Rxe4+ Kg3 14.Re5 h4 15.Rxb5 Kxg2 16.Rg5+ Kh2 17.b5 Rxa3 18.b6 Rb3 19.b7 Rxb7 20.Kxe3= ;

7.Ke2 Ke6

8.Kf2 f5

White's only practical chance is to activate his Rook.

9.Rc1 ...

9.exf5+ Kxf5 10.Ra2 Kf4 11.Ra1 e4 12.Ra2 e3+ 13.Ke2 Ke4 14.g3 Rc3 15.a4 Rb3 16.axb5 axb5 17.Rc2 Rxb4 18.Rc5 Rb2+ 19.Ke1 b4 20.Rxh5 b3 21.Rb5 Kf3 22.Rf5+ Kxg3 23.Rb5 Rh2 24.Rxb3 Kf3 25.Kd1 Rxh4 26.Kc2 Re4 27.Rb1 e2 28.Kd2 Kf2 Black wins;

9... fxe4

10.Rc6+ Kd5

11.Rxa6 Rb2+

12.Kg3 Ra2

13.Ra8 Kd4

14.Rd8+ Ke3

Black has a commanding position with his King and Rook able to help the e3 pawn promote. It is a technical win. 15.Rd5 Rxa3 16.Rxe5 Kd2+ 17.Kf4 e3 18.Kf3 Rd3 19.Re8 Rd7 20.g3 Rf7+ 21.Kg2 e2 22.Rd8+ Ke1 23.Rd5 Rc7! 24.Rxb5 Kd2 25.Rd5+ Ke3 26.Re5+ Kd3 27.Rd5+ Ke4 28.Rd8 Rc1 29.Re8+ Kd3 30.Rd8+ Kc2 31.Rc8+ Kb2 32.Re8 e1Q 33.Rxe1 Rxe1 Black wins.


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