PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME 13/01/2002

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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Henryk Kalafut, Gerard O'Reilly and Oliver Scalbert.
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THIS WEEK

POSITION 224

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:1br5/pR6/4k2p/5pp1/P7/1P2B2P/5PK1/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 223

Vladimir Bron, (1909-1985).

Russian endgame composer. Author of "Selected Studies and Problems" (1969). Bron built on the work started by Troitsky and the earlier Soviet composers. His compositions won many prizes of which the following study is an example.

Bron, 1955 

FORSYTH NOTATION:4K3/2p5/8/n3P3/4k3/8/7B/8:

In the 1950s Soviet analysts did a lot of work on basic endings and found many secrets. This ending shows an important procedure for driving away the enemy King and teaches how to play against the defensive Knight. The win is not in doubt but White has to play accurately.

1.e6 Nc6

Advancing with 1...c5 is hopeless. After 2. Kd7 c4 3. e7 c3 4. e8Q+ White queens with check with Black's pawn only on the sixth rank, and Black will soon be mated.

2.Kd7 Kd5

This move seems the most obvious and was the composers choice but 2...Kf5 comes under consideration.The final outcome is not in doubt: 3.Bxc7 Kf6 4.Bf4 (4.Bg3 Kf5 5.Bf4 Kf6 6.Kd6 Na7 7.Be5 Kf5 8.Bd4 Nf6 9.Bf2 Kf6 10.Be3 Kf5 11. Bd4! Nxd4 White wins ) 4...Kf5 5.Bh2 Kf6 6.Kd6 Na7 7.Be5+ Kf5 8.Kd7 Nc8 9.Bd4 and White wins.

3.Bxc7 Kc5

Black maintains his Knight at c6.

4.Bf4 Kb5

5.Bd6 Kb6

6.Kc8! ...

Black is now forced to move the Knight. If 6...Ka6 or Kb5 then 7.Kc7! and is in zugzwang

6... Na7+

7.Kd8 Nc6+

8.Kd7! ...

White has triangulated with his King; a useful technique to know in order to reach the same position but to "pass" the move.

8... Kb7

8...Kb5 9.Kc7 and White wins.

9.Bc7! ...

Black is in zugzwang. The Knight is forced away.

9... Nb4

10.Be5 ...

Not 10.e7?? Nd5! 11.e8Q Nf6 =;

10... Nc6

10...Nd5 11.Bd4 Kb8 12.Kd6 Nc7 13.e7 Kc8 14.Be5 Ne8+ 15.Ke6 White wins;

11.Bd4! Nb8+

11...Nxd4 12.e7 and White wins.

12.Kd6 Nc6

13.Bg1 Wins.

The Knight is forced away from the c6 square for the last time and the e-pawn can queen in peace. A very instructive ending and worthy of close study.

Next Week: Solutions to the Christmas Competition plus winners.

Gens Una Sumas. 


The winners of the 2001 cumulative competition:

1. Antonio Senatore - Argentina

2. Henryk Kalafut - USA

3. Gerard O'Reilly - England

4. Allan Bennett - USA

Congratulations to the winners.
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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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