PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 18/11/2001

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 217 

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/1p2p1k1/PP1p4/3Pp1pp/1Q2P2P/5PK1/6P1/6q1:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 215

Robert Hubner, (1948- )

German Grandmaster. World championship candidate. He was the strongest German player since the days of Tarrasch and Lasker but now rarely plays in top class events. His best year was 1980 when he reached the final of the Candidates tournament but unfortunately he withdrew in his match with Korchnoi finding the level of stress unacceptable.

 

Hubner vs Portisch,

Candidate Match, 1980

White to play and DRAW

 

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

Black is threatening to win by queening his a-pawn which will cost White his Rook. White has to try and neutralise this threat by creating counterchances with his f-pawn. He is seeking to reach a drawn Rook vs Knight ending.

1.Ra7+! ...

White forces Black's King to go to the 8th rank and thus closes it for Black's Rook.

1.Ne5 a1Q 2.Rxa1 Rxa1 3.f7 Ra8 wins;

1. ... Kb8

1...Kc6 2.f7 Bxf7 3.Rxa2 Rh2+ 4.Ke3 Rxa2 5.Ne5+ drawing;

1...Kd8 2.Ra8+ Kd7 3.Ra7+ Ke6 4.Ra6+ Kd5 ( 4...Kf7 5.Ne5+ Kg8 6.Ra8+ Kh7 7.f7 Bxf7 8.Nxf7 a1Q 9.Rxa1=) 5.Ne3+ Ke5 6.Rxa2 Rh2+ 7.Ng2 draw;

White captures the pawn now because he needs Black's skewer to get his King up the board.

2.Rxa2! Rh2+

3.Kg3! Rxa2

4.Ne5! ...

Now we see the importance of White's first move. Black can't stop directly the advance of the f-pawn with Ra8-Rf8, but he has to lose time moving his King.

4... Kc7

4...Ra1 5.f7 Rf1 6.f8Q+ Rxf8 7.Nd7+ draw;

5.f7 Ra8

Black is still trying to win. 5...Bxf7 only draws.

6.Kh4! Rh8

The White King heads for the critical square g7 to secure the draw.

6...Kd6 7.Nc4+ Ke6 8.Kxh5=

7.Kg5! Kd6

7...Kd8 8.Kf6! Rf8 9.Kg7=;

8.Kf6! Rd8

9.Kg7! draw

A beautiful ending by Hubner. Worthy of a Candidate Match. One has the feeling that if this ending was an endgame composition entered for a composing competition it would have been in the prize list.


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.

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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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