PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 16/12/2001

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 221

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:4K3/4P3/4N3/8/8/3p1p2/4k3/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 220

Erich Zepler, (1898-1980).

A German Jew who came to England in 1935. He was a brilliant problemist but he did compose a number of fine endgame studies. In 1957 he was awarded the title of International Judge of Composition by FIDE and in 1973 became an International Master of Chess Composition. He was an expert in the field of Electronics and in 1949 he became professor of this new emerging science at Southhampton University.

Zepler, 1932

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/3N4/2N1P1k1/8/7r/1n6/3pK3/8:

White is in a difficult situation and has to play actively to find a positional draw . This is the composers solution:

1.Nce5+...

1. e7? Re4+ 2. Kd3 Kf5 3. Kc2 Rc4+ 4. Kxb3 Rxc6 5. e8=Qd1=Q+ 6. Kb4 Qb1+ 7. Ka5 Qa2+ 8. Kb4 Rc4+ 9. Kb5 Qb3+ 10. Ka5 Ra4#;

2...Kg7(?)

Black may have a much better move here with ...Kf5 ! which may win (see note below).

2.Nf3 Rh1

2...Re4+ 3.Kd1 Ra4 4.Ke2 Ra1 5.Nxd2 Ra2 6.Kd3 Nxd2 7.e7 Kf7 8.Nf6 Kxe7 9.Nd5+ Kd8 10.Nc3 Rb2 11.Nd1=;

3.Nxd2 ...

White has no choice but to take the pawn

3...Rh2+

4.Kd3! Nxd2

4... Rxd2+?? 5. Kc3! Re2 6. Kxb3+-;

5.e7 Kf7

6.Nf6 Kxe7

7.Ng4! Rg2

8.Ne3 Rf2

9.Ng4 Rf4

10.Ne3 DRAW

It is a positional draw. The White Knight has a perpetual attack on the Rook as it seeks to defend the Knight. If Black decides no longer to defend the Knight then the resulting ending is a theoretical draw.

The critical line is 1... Kf5! 2.Nf3 Rh6! 3.e7 Re6+ 4.Kd1 Rxe7 5.Nb6 Re4! 6. Nd5 Kg4 7.Nxd2 Rd4 8. Ne3+ Kf4 9. Kc2 Rxd2+10. Kb1 Rh2 when it seems Black wins.


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