PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 06/01/2002

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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The first position of the 2002 cumulative competition:

THIS WEEK

POSITION 223

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:4K3/2p5/8/n3P3/4k3/8/7B/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 222

Vladimir Petrov, (1907-1944).

Latvian Grandmaster. Their strongest player in the 1930s. His best result was at Kemeri in 1937, coming equal first with Flohr and Reshevesky ahead of Alekhine, Keres and Fine. During the War years Petrov played in a number of Soviet events and then disappeared from the scene. It was only many years later that his true fate was discovered. He had become a victim of political terror and had died in the Gulag.

Berg vs Petrov,

Kemeri, 1937

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:7k/6p1/8/p7/Pp4PP/8/1K6/8:

This position never actually occurred in the game but comes from adjournment analysis. In the adjourned position the white g-pawn was still at home. White resigned the pawn ending before playing g2-g4 realising that the ending was lost. This move is his best chance but it is not good enough. Black's trump card here is the protected passed b-pawn. White's King is tied to guarding this pawn and cannot wander from its "square". Black can take his time in attacking the kingside pawns. He only has to make sure that he stays in the "square" of any created passed pawn before liquidating it. He then wins with his queenside pawns.

1... Kg8

2.Kc2 Kf7

3.Kd3 Ke6

4.Ke4 Kd7!

5.Kd3 Kc7!

With this move Black wins because their is no corresponding move in White's camp.

6. Kc4 Kc6!

7.Kd4 ...

7.g5 Kd6 8.h5 Ke6 -+;

7.h5 Kd6 8.Kd4 Ke6 9.Ke4 b3 10.Kd3 b2 11.Kc2 Kf6 -+ ;

7... Kd6

8.Ke4 ...

8.g5 Ke6 9.Ke4 g6 10.Kd4 Kf5 -+;

8.h5 Ke6 9.Ke4 b3 10.Kd3 b2 11.Kc2 Kf6 -+;

8... Kc5

9.h5 b3 10.Kd3 Kb4 11.g5 Ka3 12.h6 b2 13.Kc2 gxh6 14.gxh6 Ka2 Black wins

9.Kd3 Kd5

10.Ke3 Ke5

White has to give way. He loses his kingside pawns and the ending.

Gens Una Sumas. 


The winners of the 2001 cumulative competition:

1. Antonio Senatore - Argentina

2. Henryk Kalafut - USA

3. Gerald O'Reilly - England

4. Allan Bennett - USA

Congratulations to the winners.
For Intermediate Solvers:

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  COMPETITIONS for 2002

1. Cumulative 2002 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 6/1/2002 to 22/12/2002 with a recess in July. 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 2002. 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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