PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 25/11/2001

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, Henrk Kalafut and Gerard O'Reilly.
* Gens Una Sumas *

THIS WEEK

POSITION 218

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/3N1Ppk/7q/1b6/3K4/8/B2b4/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 217

Tony Miles, (1955-2001).

British Grandmaster. World Junior Champion 1974. His golden period was from winning the Junior championship in 1974 to the mid 1980's. Not since the time of Henry Blackburne, a hundred years previously, had a British player had so much success in international tournaments and scored so many first places: 1st at Amsterdam 1976, 1st equal with Korchnoi at Amsterdam 1977, 1st at Biel 1977, 1st equal at London 1980 with Anderson and Korchnoi, 1st equal at Las Palmas 1980 with Geller and Petrosian, 1st at Vrbas 1980 ahead of Petrosian, 1st equal at Baden-Baden 1981 with Ribli, Biel 1983 1st equal with Nunn, Tilburg 1984 1st ahead of Belyavsky, Tilburg 1985 1st equal with Hubner and Korchnoi.......

Gerard O'Reilly's personal tribute to Tony Miles who was cremated on Friday at Selly Oak Birmingham: "....(we) met as young juniors in the West Midlands a number of times in the 1960s before I gave up chess for years, and we played in the British U-14s in Oxford in 1967 the year John Nunn won it.....I have come to admire his chess increasingly, and appreciate his fighting spirit (especially in the light of his personal problems), his resourcefulness, and his creativity, as well as to enjoy his occasional writings. His death is a sad loss to chess."

 

Tony Miles vs van Riemsdijk

Riga Interzonal, 1979

White to play and WIN

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

Jon Speelman was Tony Miles second at the Riga Interzonal and tells how on one memorable adjournment day, Tony had to sit down and play three adjourned games with only 30 minute breaks between them. This was the second ending that day and we are already a few moves passed the adjournment position. Black on resuming play had perhaps not found the best moves but the position was still tricky and needed some care.

1.Qd2! ...

1.axb7?? or 1.a7?? then White gets mated after 1... gxh4+ 2.Kxh4 Qh2+ 3.Kg5 Qxg2+ 4.Kxh5 Qh3+ 5.Kg5 Qg3+ 6.Kh5 Kf6! wins;

1.hxg5? h4+! 2.Kxh4 Qh2+ 3.Kg4 Qxg2+ 4.Kh4 Qh2+ 5.Kg4 Qg2+ =;

1... gxh4+

2.Kxh4 Qxb6

3.Qg5+ Kf8

4.Qh6+ Ke8

4...Kg8 5.Kxh5! Qc7 6.Qe6+ Kf8 7.Kg6 Ke8 8.a7 Qd8 9.a8Q Qxa8 10.Qg8+ Kd7 11.Qxa8 with a win;

5.axb7 Qxb7

6.Kxh5 ...

White is still a pawn up and now has a majority on the kingside. The g-pawn is passed, and the pawn structure helps to protect the White King from annoying threats.

6... Qb2

7.Qg6+ Kd8

8.Kh6 ...

White takes his King up the board to escape from the checks.

8... Qc1+

9.Qg5 Qh1+ 10.Kg7 Qh2 11.g4 Qh3 12.Qf5 Kc7 13.g5 and Black resigned.

That day Tony Miles won the three adjourned endings but it was not enough for him to become a World Champion Candidate. He never reached those heights but he inspired a new generation of players who came after him.

I have come to the borders of sleep, The unfathomable deep

Forest where all must lose, Their way, however straight,

Or winding, soon or late; They cannot choose.

(Edward Thomas)


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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