PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 15/07/2001

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 Jim Monaghan, Antonio Senatore, Olivier Scalbert and Paul Cheng.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 200

Black to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION 3B4/5r2/8/p1kp4/Pp1p4/6N1/2P1K3/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 199

Timothy Whitworth, (1932- )

English Endgame Composer. Chess writer and endgame columnist. He wrote fine endgame study books on some of the greatest composers: Kubbel, Mattison and the Platov brothers. He taught at King's Taunton in Somerset, England and in his composing he often collaborated with W.H.M. Lemmey who was a student at the school.

 

T.G.Whitworth & W.H.M. Lemmey

BCM, 1979

White to play & WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:1k6/3K4/B7/8/1N3q2/7p/1n6/6B1: 

The placement of the enemy King often gives the game away when it comes to solving an endgame study. Here the King is a prisoner in the corner of the board surrounded by the White pieces and this must be a strong clue. There must be a mating attack somewhere but how does White first deal with the Queen?

1.Bh2! ...

By sacrificing the Bishop, White takes away the Queen from important squares.

1... Qxh2

2.Nc6+ Ka8

3.Kc8 ...

White is threatening to give mate with the Bishop and Black has no alternative but to give up the Queen

3... Qb8+

3...Qc7+ 4.Kxc7 h2 5.Bb7#;

4.Nxb8 Ka7

Black must try and escape from his prison or he will soon be mated.

5.Kc7! h2

Black's last hope of escape lies with gaining another Queen.

6.Bb7 h1Q

7.Bxh1 ...

Black has sacrificed two Queens in order to escape the mate.

7... Nd3

We have reached a BNvN ending with the Black King badly placed.

8.Nc6+! ...

8.Bb7? would be a mistake because then 8...Nb4 draws;

8... Ka6

8...Ka8? 9.Nd4+ Ka7 10.Bb7 Nf2 11.Nc6#;

9.Bg2! Kb5

The King escapes one nightmare and enters another. The pin of the Knight is the end of Black's hopes.

9...Nf4 10.Bf1+ Nd3 11.Bxd3# ;

9...Ne5 10.Bf1+ Nc4 11.Bxc4#;

9...Nc5 10.Bf1+ Nd3 11.Bxd3#;

10.Bf1 Kc4

11.Ne5+ Kd4

12.Nxd3 WINS.

A nice study exploring an area of theory, the BNvN pawnless ending of which little was known about until the onset of computer analysis and endgame databases.

I am now taking a short break but will be back with a new position on SUNDAY 29th July.


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