PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 23/12/2001

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 222

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:7k/6p1/8/p7/Pp4PP/8/1K6/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 221

Thomas Rayner Dawson, (1889-1951).

English composer, known affectionately as T.R.D. One of the world's great problemists. He was a pioneer of fairy chess problems and retrograde analysis but also a gifted endgame composer. He was an international authority on the material rubber and he founded and maintained an important technical library for the Rubber Association. 

Dawson, 1924

White to play and WIN

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

I like this study. In an extraordinary way Dawson teaches us something about the topology of the chessboard and illustrates an important part of the theory of Queen and pawn endings. The Knight has to sacrifice itself for the f-pawn because the theoretical Queen versus d-pawn ending that arises is won, whereas taking the other pawn would lead to a drawn Queen versus f-pawn ending. In the latter Black has the possibility of a stalemate defence.

 

1.Nd4+!...

1.Nf4+? this leads to a theoretically drawn ending with Queen against the f-pawn 1..Ke3 2.Nxd3 Kxd3 3.Kd8 f2 4.e8Q Kd2! 5.Qb5 Ke1 6.Qb1+ Ke2 7.Qe4+ Kf1 8. Qh1+ Ke2 9. Qg2 Ke1 10.Qe4+ Kf1 11.Ke7 Kg1 12. Qg4+ Kh1 13.Qf3+ Kg1 14. Qg3+ Kh1 15. Qxf2 =; The White King cannot approach due to Black's stalemate resource.

1... Ke3

2.Nxf3 Kxf3

3.Kf8 d2

4.e8Q Kf2!

4...d1Q? 5.Qh5+wins;

5.Qa4 ...

The Queen comes close to the pawn to repeatedly force the Black King in front of the pawn to gain tempi to approach with his own King.

5... Ke2

6.Qe4+ Kf2

7.Qd3 Ke1

8. Qe3+Kd1

9. Ke7 WINS

The King makes its way towards the pawn and victory.

In position 221 we have vertical symmetry in the placing of the chessmen; ie if we look from the right we see the same picture as if we are looking from the left. But due to the geometry of the chessboard, this symmetry is not met in the variations because there is an extra file of squares on the side of the d-pawn which does not allow the stalemate defence. In essence we do not have chess symmetry and that makes the difference.

From quickly examining Dawson's studies I was struck by how often symmmetrical pawn structures occurred in his positions. He was obviously being influenced by the many problems that he composed.

To Dawson chess had to be extrordinary rather than ordinary, fairy rather than orthodox.


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ARCHIVES

16/12/01

Position 220

Zepler

09/12/01

Position 219

Euwe (7)

02/12/01

Position 218

Prokop

25/11/01

Position 217

Miles

18/11/01

Position 216

Hubner

11/11/01

Position 215

Selesniev

04/11/01

Position 214

Fischer

28/10/01

Position 213

Yakimchik

21/10/01

Position 212

Alatortsev

14/10/01

Position 211

Birnov

7/10/01

Position 210

Tal

30/9/01

Position 209

H. Meyer

23/09/01

Position 208

Pomar

16/09/01

Position 207

Kasparyan

09/09/01

Pst 206

Clarke

02/09/01

Position 205

Dobrescu

26/08/01

Position 204

Nimzowitsch

19/08/01

Position 203

Somov-Nasimovich

12/08/01

Position 202

Mardle

05/08/01

Position 201

Cheron

29/07/01

Position 200

L. Evans

15/07/01

Position 199

Whitworth

08/07/01

Position 198

Capablanca (5)

01/07/01

Position 197

Bronstein

24/06/01

Position 196

Mitrofanov

17/06/01

Position 195

Euwe (6)

10/06/01

Position 194

Crosskill

03/06/01

Position 193

Spassky

27/05/01

Position 192

Vancura (2)

20/05/01

Position 191

Gunsberg

13/05/01

Position 190

Duras

06/05/01

Position 189

Smyslov

29/04/01

Position 188

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