PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 05/08/2001

Editor: Brian Gosling

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Welcome to this active site. Each week I am going to present to you an 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 Antonio Senatore, Gerard O'Reilly, Olivier Scalbert, Henryk Kalafut, Paul Cheng and Graham White.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 202

White to play & WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/1rp5/2Rp4/1p1Pk1pp/pP2P3/P3K1PP/8/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 201

Andre Cheron, (1895-1980).

French player, analyst and endgame composer. Chess champion of France in 1926, 1927 and 1929. Author of a very famous work on the endgame, the four-volume: Lehr- und Handbuch der Schachendspiele (1952-71). Due to his poor health Cheron lived the latter part of his life in the mountains of Switzerland.

 

Cheron, 1929

White to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/1p6/1p6/1k2K3/2p1p3/PpP1P3/1P6/8:

White has to be extra careful in this position because Black is threatening to stalemate his own King. This is a valid defensive ploy and it is worth looking out for this possiblity when facing a " lost " ending. If it was Black's move he could play his King to a4 and then by advancing his b-pawns he could "wall-in" the Monarch so that he has no more moves to play. This defensive idea which can occur in practical play is easily missed if the winning side is too confident.

So White has to avoid the stalemate defence:

1.a4+! ...

1.Kxe4 Ka4 2.Kd4 b5 3.e4 b4 4.axb4 (if 4.cxb4 b5 5.e5 c3 6.Kxc3 stalemate) 4...b5 stalemate;

1.Kd6 Ka5 2.Kc7 Ka6 3.Kb8 b5 4.Kc7 b6 5.Kc6 Ka5 6.Kd5 Ka4 7.Kd4 b4 8.axb4 b5 =;

1.Kd5 Ka4 2.Kxc4 b5+ 3.Kd4 b4 4.axb4 (if 4.cxb4 b5 draw) 4...b5 5.c4 bxc4 6.Kxc4 stalemate;

1... Kxa4 

2.Kxe4 b5  

2...Ka5 3.Kd4! b5 4.e4 Kb6 5.Kd5 b4 (if 5...Kc7 6.Kc5+-) 6.Kxc4 bxc3 7.Kxc3 and follows as at the main line. 

3.Kd4! ... 

3.Kd5? Ka5 4.e4 Kb6 5.e5 b4 6.Kxc4 bxc3 7.Kxc3 Kc5 =; 

3... Ka5  

4.e4 Kb6  

5.Kd5 b4  

5...Ka5 6.e5 Kb6 7.e6 Kc7 8.e7 Kd7 9.Kc5 Kxe7 10.Kxb5 Kd6 11.Kxc4 Kc6 12.Kxb3 +--; 

6.Kxc4 bxc3  

7.Kxc3 Kc5  

8.Kd3! Kd6

9.Kd4! Ke6

10.e5 ...

The e-pawn will act as a decoy.

10...Ke7  

10...Kd7 11.Kd5 Ke7 12.e6 Ke8 13.Kd6 Kd8 14.e7+ Ke8 15.Ke6 b6 16.Kd6 b5 17.Ke6 b4 18.Kd6 Kf7 19.Kd7 +--;

11.Kd5 Kd7  

12.e6+ Ke7  

13.Ke5 Kd8 14.Kd6 Ke8 15.e7 b6 16.Ke6 b5  17.Kd6 b4 18.Kc5 Kxe7 19.Kxb4 Kd6 20.Kxb3 Kc5 21.Ka4! (The King takes the critical square) 21...Kb6 22.Kb4 Kc6 23.Ka5 Kb7 24.Kb5 and so White has the opposition and an easy win. A very instructive pawn ending.

 

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