PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 03/06/2001

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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POSITION 194

White to play & WIN

 

    FORSYTH NOTATION:8/3k4/6r1/2QK4/8/8/8/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 193

Boris Spassky, (1937- ).

International Grandmaster. World Champion 1969-72. In the Spring of 1966 Spassky played a match for the World Championship against Petrosian which he lost by the small margin of one point (+3=17-4). Spassky soon put this disappointment behind him by winning, ahead of both Fischer and Petrosian, the strong Santa Monica Tournament.

Spassky vs Fischer

Santa Monica, 1966

White to play & WIN

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/p7/5k1n/2p3pP/4B3/4K3/P5P1/8:

White has a positional plus in a centralized Bishop which can operate on both sides of the board against a Knight which is tied to blockading the outside passed h-pawn. White's King will quickly penetrate on the queenside and threaten the a7 pawn.

1.Kd3 Ke5

Black can attack the passed h-pawn straight away but it is still not good enough: 1...g4 2.Kc4 Kg5 3.Kxc5 Kxh5 4.Kb5 Kg5 5.Ka6 Kf4 6.Bb7 Nf5 7.Kxa7 Nd6 8.a4 Nc4 9.Ka6 Kg3 10.a5 +-;  

2.Ba8 ... 

White maintains his Bishop on the long diagonal.  

2... Kd6  

2...g4 3.Kc4 Nf5 4.Kxc5 Kf6 5.a4 Kg5 6.Kb5 Kxh5 7.Ka6 Ne3 8.Kxa7+-;

3.Kc4 g4

 4.a4 ... 

Black has little freedom of movement. The Knight cannot come to the queenside because of the danger from the passed h-pawn. 

4... Ng8  

5.a5 Nh6  

5...Nf6? 6.h6 Nd7 7.h7+-; 

6.Be4! ... 

White can also win with: 6.Kb5 g3 7.Ka6 c4 8.Kxa7 c3 9.Be4 Kc7 10.Ka6 Ng4 11.Bd3 Kc6 12.Bc2 Kc7 13.Kb5 Ne3 14.Bd3 Nxg2 15.h6 Ne3 16.h7 c2 17.Bxc2 g2 18.h8Q g1Q 19.Qe5+ Kd7 20.Qd4+ Ke8 21.a6 Qg5+ 22.Ka4+- ;

 6... g3

7.Kb5 Ng8

8.Bb1 ...

White reroutes the Bishop so it blockades the c-pawn. White could have played 8.Ka6 c4 (if 8...Nf6 9.h6!) 9.Kxa7 Kc7 10.Ka6 +-;

8... Nh6

 9.Ka6 Kc6  

10.Ba2! ... 

At this point Fischer resigned. The ending is hopeless; Black will lose his a-pawn and White will have another strong passed pawn. Black is really playing a piece down with the Knight tied to blockading the h-pawn.

 

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