PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 14/10/2001

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, Jim Monaghan , Paul Cheng, Henrk Kalafut, Oliver Scalbert and Gerard O'Reilly.
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THIS WEEK

POSITION 212

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION :8/7k/7p/P2p1p2/3P1Pq1/4p3/7P/5Q1K:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 211

Zinovy Birnov, (1911-1967)

Soviet Endgame Composer

Birnov, 1947

White to play and WIN

  

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/P1k5/3p4/8/2K3Rb/8/2p5/8:

White has to try and stop Black promoting the pawn to a Queen on c1 with check:

1.Rg7+ ...

1.Rg1? Kb7 2.Ra1 d5+ 3.Kb5 (if 3.Kd3 c1N+ 4.Rxc1 Kxa7=) 3...Ka8 4.Rc1 (if 4.Ka6 Bf2 5.Rc1 Bxa7 6.Rxc2 d4=) 4...Kxa7 5.Rxc2 Kb7= ;

1... Kb6

White has to promote to a Knight in order to check the Black King.

2.a8N+! ...

2.a8Q? c1Q+ 3.Kd3 Qf1+ 4.Kc2 Qc4+ 5.Kd2 Qd4+ winning the Rook;

2... Ka6

2...Kc6? 3.Rc7 mate; 2...Ka5? 3.Ra7 mate;

3.Nc7+ Ka5

3...Kb7 4.Ne6+ Kb6 5.Rg1 Bf2 6.Rc1 with an easy win;

Black now sacrifices his Bishop and the d-pawn in order to promote the c-pawn

4.Rg1 Bg5!

5.Rxg5+ d5+!

6.Rxd5+ Ka4

With 6...Kb6? the Rook gets back to the c-pawn 7.Rb5+ Kxc7 8.Rc5+ Kd6 9.Kd4 with a win.

7.Nb5! ...

Simple but effective. White now allows the promotion knowing it is to no avail; the Queen will block the escape of its own King.

7... c1Q+

8.Nc3+ Ka3

9.Ra5+ Kb2

10.Ra2 Mate

An interesting study which builds on a previous idea shown by Kasparian in 1936.

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  COMPETITIONS for 2001

1. Cumulative 2001 Prizes: 1st £100 or equivalent, 2nd £50, 3rd £30; 4th £20. (Total Prize Money=£200) Entries limited to 20 solvers. This event will run from 7/1/2001 to 30/12/2001. Present CUMULATIVE COMPETITION rules apply but note the prizes will go to those participants who climb the ladder the greatest number of times during the year. The relative position of the solver's name on the ladder will decide the allocation of prizes.

2. Endgame Solving Tournaments 2001. The nature of these events are changing. They will be directed at mainly new or intermediate solvers and will not be too difficult. No money prizes but a book prize for the highest placed newcomer. Events will take place at Easter, Summer and Christmas each consisting of 5 positions to solve. Present strict rules will apply; no computer analysis.


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