PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 16/09/2001

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 208

White to Play & WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/5p2/Pk5p/1n3P2/R7/3KN3/7P/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 207

Genrikh Kasparyan, (1910-1995).

Soviet International Master and brilliant endgame composer. He won the Armenian championship ten times. The young Petrosian was one of his rivals and they had many tough battles. It is for his studies that he will be remembered; he won many prizes in competitions. Kasparyan is regarded as one of the great study composers of the 20th Century. Author of "Domination in 2545 Endgame Studies."(1980)  

Kasparyan, 1950 

White to Play & DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/rN5k/1R2P3/6K1/4b3/b3P3/8/8:

White is in a dangerous position. The Knight is under attack from the Rook and the Bishop. If the Knight goes to d8 then it is lost due to the Bishop check at e7. White's move is therefore:

1.Nd6 ...

1.Kf6? Rxb7 2.Rxb7+ Bxb7 3.e7 Bb2+ (3...Bc6 4.Kf7 Bf3 5.Ke8 Bb2 6.Kd8 Bf6 7.Kd7 Bg4+ 8.Kd6 Bh5 9.Kd7=) 4.Kf7 (4.Ke6 Bc6 5.Kd6 Ba4 6.Kc7 Kg7 7.Kd8 Bf6-+) 4...Bd5+ 5.Ke8 Be6 6.Kd8 Bf6 7.e4 Kg7 8.e5 Bh4 Wins;

1... Bc5

2.e7! Rxe7

3.Nf5 ...

3.Kf6 Ra7-+ 3.Ra6 Re6-+;

3...Bxf5

When this study was composed in 1950 the line 3...Bxb6 4.Nxe7 Bxe3+, was accepted as leading to a draw. Now chess program with support for tablebases show that Black can win the Knight and then checkmate with the two Bishops, but not within the 50 move limit. So White still has a draw (!?) according to the current laws of the game.

4.Rc6! Re5

Black guards his Bishops with the Rook.

5.Kf4 Bd7!

5...Rd5?? 6.e4 Bd6+ 7.e5 Bb8 8.Kxf5=;

6.Rc7 Rd5

7.Ke4! ...

White's drawing plan relies on double attack, exploiting the lack of coordination among Black's pieces.

7...Bb6 8.Rb7 Rd6 9.Ke5 Bc5 10.Rc7 Bb4 11.Rb7 Ba3 12.Ra7 Rd3 12...Re6+ is no better after 13.Kd5 Rd6+ 14.Ke5=; 13.Ke4 Bc5 13...Rxe3+ 14.Kd4!=; 14.Rc7 Bb6 15.Rb7 Rd6 15...Rxe3+ 16.Kf4!=; 16.Ke5 DRAW

Black can't avoid the repetition of moves. It is a positional draw.

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