PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 28/10/2001

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 214

White to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/5pk1/5npp/P3r3/1p6/5B2/1P4P1/2R3K1:  


LAST WEEK, POSITION 213

Vitold Yakimchik, (1911-1977)

Russian master of the endgame study. Composed a number of delightful studies. Won many prizes in composing competitions. Material scientist by profession.

Yakimchik, 

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:6B1/5R2/k7/2Kp4/8/8/3p3n/8:

Fortunately for White the Black King is in a weak position at the edge of the board and although Black gains a Queen, he soon has to give her up to stop the mating threats.

  1.Rg7! ...

Threatening to win with 2.Rg1

1... d1Q

2.Bxd5 ...

Threatening mate in two moves: Bc4+ and Ra7mate;

2... Qxd5+

The mating threats are too great. The Bishop has to go. Other Queen moves will lead to the same conclusion. 2...Qa4 3.Bc4+ Qxc4+ 4.Kxc4 Nf3 trying to bring the Knight back towards the King. 5.Rg6+ Ka5 6.Kc3 Ka4 7.Rf6 Ng5 8.Kc4 Ka3 9.Kd5 Kb4 10.Rf5 Nh3 11.Ke4 Ng1 12.Ke3 Kc4 13.Rg5 Nh3 14.Rg3 picking up the Knight with an elementary win. The composers move was: 2...Qh5 (pinning the Bishop) White has 3.Rg2! threatening Ra2 mate. Black now has no safe checks, and if the King tries to run away by 3...Ka7 White plays 4.Rg8! when the threat of mate forces Black to give up the Queen 4... Qxd5+ and play is then similar to the main line.

3.Kxd5 Nf1

3...Nf3 4.Rg3 Nd2 5.Rd3 Nf1 6.Ke4 Kb5 7.Kf4 Kc4 8.Rd1 Nh2 9.Rh1 wins;

4.Kd4 Nd2

5.Rg3 Kb5

5...Nf1 6.Rg2 Kb5 7.Kd3 Kc5 8.Ke2 wins;

5...Nb1 6.Rg2 Ka5 7.Ra2+ Kb5 8.Rb2+ wins;

6.Rd3 Nf1

7.Rb3+ Kc6

8.Rf3 Nd2

8...Nh2 9.Rf2 Ng4 10.Rg2 Nf6 11.Rg6 wins;

9.Rd3 Nf1

10.Ke4 Kc5

11.Kf4 Kc4

12.Rd1 Nh2

13.Rh1 Wins

The Knight is lost. The setting for this study is remarkable: Rook and Bishop win against a Queen and Knight.


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