PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 11/11/2001

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, Olivier Scalbert, Henrk Kalafut and Gerard O'Reilly.
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THIS WEEK

POSITION 216 

White to play and DRAW

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/2k5/5P2/7b/2N5/R7/p4K2/7r: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 215

Aleksey Selesniev, (1888-1967).

Soviet player of master strength and a gifted endgame composer. He played in a number of pre-revolutionary tournaments at the Moscow Chess Club when Alekhine was beginning to make a name for himself. He was a member of the Russian delegation that played in the ill fated Mannheim Tournament and who found themselves interned for the duration of the First World War.

In 1920 he was honoured by the then World Champion, Em Lasker who edited a book of his studies. ( 35 Endspielstudie von Schachmeister A. Selesnieff). In 1923 he came 4th at Moravska Ostrava tournament ahead of a host of world class players but by the end of the decade, with so many fine new Soviet players coming up the ranks, his heyday was over.

Selesniev, 1917

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/p5p1/4p3/1p4PK/k4P1B/P7/8/6b1:

White's hopes to draw by creating threats on the kingside against the g-pawn or by setting up a stalemate situation. Attacking the pawn with 1.Kg6 is no good because Black defends with 1...Bd4 and then wins by advancing his queenside pawns.

  1.g6! ...

This move frees the Bishop to play 2.Bf6!;

1...Bd4!

With this move Black stops the threat and so keeps his winning hopes alive.

1...Bc5 2.Bf6! Bf8 3.f5! exf5 (3...gxf6? 4.fxe6 +-; 3...Kxa3? 4.fxe6 gxf6 5.g7+-) 4.Be7! and Black has no choice but to give stalemate with 4...Bxe7;

2.f5 exf5

2...e5 3.Bf6! gxf6 4.g7 Kxa3 5.g8Q+-;

3.Bf6! Bc5

3...Bxf6 is stalemate.

4.Bxg7 Bxa3

4...Kxa3?? 5.Bb2+;

5.Kg5...

White can also comfortably draw with: 5.Bd4 Bf8 6.Bxa7 b4 7. Bd4 Ka3 8. Kg5 b3 9. Kxf5 b2 10. Bxb2+ Kxb2 11. g7 Bxg7 =;

5... Bc1+

6.Kxf5 b4 7.Bd4 Bh6 8.Bxa7 Bg7 9.Ke4 b3 10.Bd4 Bxd4 11.Kxd4 b2 12.g7 b1Q 13.g8Q DRAW.

With so many of Selesniev's endgame compositions composed during his period of internment at Mannheim and published immediately after the First World War we can say of him that he was a wartime endgame composer.


Late Summer Endgame Solving Tournament

Edyta Grylak (USA) Wins

 

It was nice to have a number of new entries including two teams of youngsters from the same club.

>> Results and Solutions  


Henryk Kalafut wins the Cumulative in OCTOBER.

Click here for the weekly >> CUMULATIVE COMPETITION   

A Book Prize will be Awarded to the Highest Placed Newcomer.


  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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