PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 02/12/2001

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 219

White to play and WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/5N2/8/1p1k1p2/1P3K1p/P7/8/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 218

Frantisek Prokop, (1901-1973).

Czech Endgame Composer. Composed over a hundred studies many of which were of a high standard. Wrote: 'The magic of the chess diagram' (Zauber des Schach diagramms, 1968).

F.J.Prokop, 1926

White to play and DRAW

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

White here is fighting for the draw so he sets up a stalemate trap by sacrificing the Knight. The only way for Black to escape this stalemate plan is to chase the White King with his Bishop. This piece can never be taken because it would lead to a lost ending. This study illustrates an unusual Positional Draw known as the merry-go-round.

1.Nf8+! ...

The alternative pawn promotion is lost for White because the King is exposed to attack leading to the win of a piece: 1.f8Q? Qe3+ 2.Kd5 Qd3+ 3.Kc5 Be3+ 4.Kb4 Bxd7 -+;

1... Kh8

2.Ng6+! Qxg6

3.f8Q+ Kh7

4.Bb1! ...

The point of White's previous moves. The Bishop cannot be taken because this would lead to a mirror stalemate: 4...Qxb1 5.Qf5+! Qxf5 =; So Black has to try his own Bishop sacrifice to release the pin on his Queen.

4...Bc3+

5.Ke3! Bd4+

5...Qxb1 6.Qf5+ Qxf5 with another mirror stalemate;

6.Kd2! Be3+

6...Qxb1 7.Qh8+ Kg6 8.Qh7+ Kxh7 stalemate;

7.Kc3 Bd2+

7...Qxb1 8.Qxg7+ Kxg7 stalemate.

8.Kd4 DRAW

Black acknowledges the draw because White will continue to refuse the Bishop sacrifice, and is quite happy to let his King be chased round in a circle by ...Be3+ etc which creates a wonderful artistic impression. To take the Bishop would lead to a lost game. It is a Positional Draw, a merry-go-round !!

This study is of some historical significance. It won third prize in a composing competition which was organised in association with the 1925 Moscow International Tournament. This was the first showcase tournament of Soviet Chess and it was to have a major influence for so long. It is hard to overestimate the importance that all kinds of chess activities were having on Russian life at that particular time.


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  


Oliver Scalbert wins the Cumulative in November.

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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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