PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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20/01/2002

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, Gerard O'Reilly, Henryk Kalafut and Oliver Scalbert.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 225

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION: 1r4k1/2p1b1pp/8/R3p3/4K3/2P1B3/1P5P/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 224

Richard Teichmann, (1868-1925).

German Grandmaster who for many years lived in England. In the early part of the 20th century he was ranked among the top 10 players in the world. His biggest achievement was winning the huge Carlsbad tournament of 1911 from which the following position is taken. To the amazement of everyone he defeated  Marshall, Nimzovitch, Schlechter, Spielman, and Tartakower.

Teichmann vs Tartakower

Carlsbad, 1911

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:1br5/pR6/4k2p/5pp1/P7/1P2B2P/5PK1/8:

Endings are about the quality of the pawns and especially their capacity to become passed pawns. In this position it would be a mistake to win the a-pawn because after the Bishops are exchanged Black could play ...Rb8 winning the b-pawn with drawing chances.

1.b4! a5!?

This was the moved played by Tartakower but 1...a6! 2.Rb6+ Kd5 3.Rxa6 may well be Black's best defence and offer him drawing chances.

2.bxa5 f4

3.Bb6 h5

4.Kf3 Kf5

5.Rf7+ Kg6

6.Rd7 Kf5

7.Rd5+ Be5!

8.Rc5! ...

8.Bd4? g4+ 9.hxg4 hxg4+ 10.Ke2! Ke4! 11.Rxe5+ Kxd4 with a draw.

8. ... g4+!

9.Kg2!! ...

The only winning move! White mustn't change pawns if he wants to win. Black can draw against the Bishop of the wrong colour:

9.hxg4+? hxg4 10.Kg2 (10.Ke2 f3+ 11.Kd3 Rxc5 12.Bxc5 g3! 13.fxg3 Bxg3 draw)10... f3+ 11.Kg1 (11.Kf1 Rxc5 12.Bxc5 g3! 13.fxg3 Bxg3 14.a6 Bb8 15.a7 Bxa7 16.Bxa7 Ke4 17.a5 Kd5 18.a6 Kc6 19.Bf2 Kc7! 20.Ba7 Kc6! draw) 11...Rxc5 12.Bxc5 g3 13.a6 gxf2+! 14.Kxf2 Bb8 15.a7 Bxa7 16.Bxa7 Ke5 17.a5 Kd6 18.Kxf3 Kc7 19.a6 Kd7 ( 20...Kd6?? 20 Bb6 !! wins because after 20...Kc6 21.Bd8! Black's king has to move out of the square of the a-pawn ) 20.Bb6 Kc8 draws as the King heads for a8 corner.

White has to keep a remaining pawn on the kingside in order to deprive him of this drawing chance.

9... f3+

10.Kh1 Rf8

11.Bc7 g3

12.Rxe5+...

White wins.

Gens Una Sumas.


Edyta Grylak of the USA wins the Christmas Competition closely followed by Hendrik Hoffmann of Germany. Edyta Grylak is the overall winner for the 2001 intermediate competition.

CLICK HERE >> Solutions to the Christmas Competition.


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.


  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 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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