PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 09/12/2001

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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Jim Monaghan and Mike Fitch.
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THIS WEEK

POSITION 220

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/3N4/2N1P1k1/8/7r/1n6/3pK3/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 219

Max Euwe, (1901-1981).

World Champion 1935-37. Dutch Grandmaster. It is little realised that Euwe made a major contribution to the theoretical investigation of many endings. In this field alone he contributed far more than any other World Champion with perhaps the exception of Smyslov. In the late 1950’s Max Euwe, collaborated with David Hooper to produce, “Guide to Chess Endings.” This was the first major book in the West on endings for twenty years. It was well received and enhanced their reputations as endgame theorists. Euwe also published a number of studies of his own.

Euwe, 1956

White to play and WIN

 

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

No one found the composer's solution this week which goes to show how profound the original position was. The White King takes care of the h- and f-pawns while the Knight goes to the queenside to look after the remaining White pawn.

1.Ne5! ...

1.Ng5? Kc4 2.Ke5 f4! 3.Ke4 (3.Kxf4 Kb3=) 3...Kc3! (This move holds the equilibrium. If White plays 4.Kd5 Black replies ...Kd3! going to aid the kingside pawns which draws.) 4.Nh3 f3 5.Ke3! Kc2(c4) 6. Nf2 Kb3! draws.

1... h3

2.Nf3 Kc4

3.Kg3! Kb3

4.Nd4+ ...

The Knight will look after the b4 pawn.

4...Kxa3

5.Nc6 Kb3

6.Kxh3 Kc4

7.Kg3 Kd5

8.Nb8 Ke4

9.Kf2 f4

10.Na6 Ke5

11.Kf3 WINS

Black will lose both of his remaining pawns.

I was very fortunate to interview David Hooper just before he died. I remember asking him what it was like working with Euwe on the book “Guide to Chess Endings.”. He replied that it was a privilege since Euwe had great powers of logical thinking and could see so much in a position.


For Intermediate Solvers:

Christmas Endgame Competition

Starts: 16/12/01. Closes: 26/12/01 24:00 GMT.


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.


ARCHIVES

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Position 208

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Position 205

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Position 203

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Position 202

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Position 201

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Position 199

Whitworth

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Position 198

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Position 197

Bronstein

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Position 196

Mitrofanov

17/06/01

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Euwe (6)

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Position 194

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Position 193

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