PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 19/08/2001

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 204

Black to play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/4n3/1pp1Pp2/5P2/1P1KBk2/8/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 203

* Evgeny Somov-Nasimovich, (1910-1942) *

Soviet Endgame Composer. Showed great promise at an early age but his career was brought to a sad premature end with his death during the Second World War.

Somov-Nasimovich, 1936

White to play & DRAW

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

White seems beaten with the Knight pinned against the King and the weakness along the a7- g1 diagonal. If the King guards the Knight with 1. Kg2; Black plays the winning Bishop pin after 1...Rxf2+ 2.Kxf2 with 2...Bb6! and the Rook is lost. If White instead attacks the Bishop with 1.Rd5 Black plays ...Bb3! and the Knight is lost. But White in this position does have an ingenious defence which is not easy to comprehend:

 

 1.Kg3! ...

1.Kg2? Rxf2+ 2.Kxf2 Bb6-+;

1.Kg1? Bb6 -+;

1...Rxf2

The best attempt to play for a win.

1...Bb6? 2.Nd3! Rb3 3.Rh5+ Kg6 4.Nf4+ Kg7 5.Nd5=;

2.Rh5+! ...

White's idea is to mount a two-fold attack so that he can win back the material.

2.Kxf2? Bb6 -+; 2.Rc8? Bb6-+;

2...Kg6

3.Rd5 Bb6

4.Rd6+ ...

With this move White threatens to restore the material balance.

4...Kf5

5.Rxb6 Rxf3+

6.Kg2!! ...

An important finesse. White makes sure he goes into the final phase of the ending with the opposition in order to draw. Capturing the Rook leads to a lost K&P ending:

6.Kxf3? axb6; Black is a pawn ahead and has the opposition. 7.Ke3 Ke5 8.Kd3 Kd5 9.Kc3 Kc5 10.Kb3 Kb5 11.Ka3 Kc4-+;

6...axb6

Entering the R&P ending with 6...Ra3 offers more of a practical chance but with optim+um moves the ending is drawn.

7.Kxf3 Ke5

8.Ke3 Kd5

9.Kd3 Kc5

10.Kc3 Kb5

11.Kb3 DRAW

A wonderful example of the use of creative imagination in defence in order to limit Black's attack.

 

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