PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 12/08/2001

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 and Olivier Scalbert.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 203

White to play & DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:3b4/p6k/8/2R5/8/5P2/1r3N1K/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 202

D. V. MARDLE

Former West of England Champion and Gloucestershire County Player.

 

Mardle vs Thomas

White to play & WIN

 

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

Black's Rook is very passive and is on the wrong side of the c-pawn. Even the King is not well placed: Peril lurks in his centralized position because he may find himself in a mating net. This is always a danger when advancing the King too early in the endgame before important squares have been controlled.

1.Rc2(c1) ...

White threatens to play 2.Rf2 and 3.Rf5 mate. Black's reply is forced.

1... Kf6

2.Kd4 ...

White threatens to advance his e-pawn.

2... h4

2...Kg6 3.e5 g4 4.hxg4 hxg4 5.e6 Ra7 6.Ke4 Rb7 7.Kf4 Kf6 8.Kxg4 Rb8 9.Kf4 Rc8+--;

3.g4 Ra7

4.Rc6! ...

White pins the d-pawn in preparation for the advance of his e-pawn.

4... Ke7

5.e5! Kd7

White has made great progress while Black has had to retreat.

6.e6+ Ke7

The passed e-pawn will decide the outcome of the game.

7.Rc2 Kf6

8.Rf2+ Kg6

9.e7 WINS

A wonderful ending by a player who had in life, to battle against a terrible physical handicap and who was an inspiration to all those who knew him.

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