PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 17/06/2001

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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THIS WEEK

POSITION 196

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/k7/P2b2P1/KP1Pn2P/8/8/7p/4n3:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 195

Max Euwe, (1901-1981).

World Champion 1935-37. Dutch Grandmaster. Winning the world championship in 1935 was a great sporting achievement for Euwe. Alekhine was expected to keep his title without much trouble but he underestimated the ability of his opponent . He was in poor shape for such a gruelling match. He came up against a challenger who was well prepared both physically and mentally for the fight. The Alekhine of 1927 would have won this ending but he was tired and running out of time.

M. Euwe vs A. Alekhine

1935 World Championship

24th Game

  FORSYTH NOTATION:5k2/p1p3p1/1p2p3/8/7P/5PP1/P4P2/6K1:

Black's advantage lies in his mobile pawn majority on the queenside, but he will be unable to promote these pawns without the support of his King. White's kingside majority could become dangerous if White can play f4, and then advance the h and g-pawns to h5 and g5. The threat of queening the h-pawn would then tie the King down so Black's first move prevents f3-f4:

1...e5!

1...Ke7? 2.f4! Kd6 3.h5 Kd5 4.g4 Ke4 5.f5 exf5 6.g5 Ke5 7.f4+ Ke6 8.Kf2 c5 9.Ke3 =;

1...c5? 2.f4! b5 3.Kf1 b4 4.Ke2 c4 5.h5! a5 6.Ke3 a4 7.Kd4 b3 8.axb3 a3 9.Kc3 a2 10.Kb2 cxb3 11.g4 Ke7 12.g5=;

1...b5? 2.f4! a5 3.Kf1 b4 4.Ke2 a4 5.Kd3 c5 6.h5! b3 7.axb3 axb3 8.g4 c4+ 9.Kc3 Ke7 10.g5=;

2.Kf1 ...

White's kingside pawns are now disabled. If the pawns are pushed to g5 and h5 they are an easy target for the Black King. 2. f4? exf4 3. gxf4 is hopeless because the pawns are very weak.

2... b5

3.Ke2 ...

A critical moment in the world championship match. Alekhine played 3...c5?? and he knew almost immediately that this was a terrible blunder. After the reply 4. Ke3! they agreed a DRAW. Black cannot stop White repairing his pawn structure with 5.f4 while retaining access to the "square" of the most advanced pawn. The position is then equal.

3...c5?? 4.Ke3! c4 5.f4! exf4+ 6.Kxf4! b4 7.Ke4 b3 8.axb3 cxb3 9.Kd3 a5 10.Kc3 a4 11.g4 Kf7 12.h5=;

3... a5!

The b-pawn is supported by the pawn which is furthest away from the White King. The above equalizing manoeuvre is no longer available becaue the King would be outside the "square" of the passed pawn as shown in the next variation.

4. Ke3? b4 5.f4 exf4+ 6.Kxf4 a4! he cannot enter the square of the a-pawn, and loses after 7.Ke4 b3 8.axb3 a3 --+;

4.Kd3 a4

5.Kc3 c5

6.g4 Ke7

7.Kd3 Kd6

The Black monarch goes to support the queenside pawns.

8.Kc3 ...

8.h5 Ke6! 9.g5 c4+ 10.Kc3 Kf5 -+

8... Kd5

9.a3 Ke6!

White will run out of decent moves and the the queenside pawns win.

10.Kd3 (10.h5? Kf6 --+) ...Kd6 11.Kc3 Kd5 12.Kd3 b4 13.axb4 cxb4 14. Kc2 Kc4 15.Kb2 a3+ 16.Ka2 Kc3 Black Wins.

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