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10/02/2002

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 , Oliver Scalbert and Henryk Kalafut.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 228

White to play and WIN

  FORSYTH NOTATION:4K3/4P3/6R1/2k5/8/r5p1/8/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 227

Artur Mandler, (1891-1971).

Czech Endgame Composer. A brilliant endgame analyst and close friend to Richard Reti whose studies he collected and published in 1931.

Mandler, 1927

  FORSYTH NOTATION:2R1N1kr/8/3K4/2p5/8/8/8/8:

White has to stop Black from slipping into a theoretically drawn R+N v R ending which is the normal result for this type of ending. The win is possible here because of the cramped position of the Black pieces in the corner.

1.Ke7! ...

Black is forced to move his pawn.

1.Ke6 Kh7! 2.Nf6+ (2.Rxc5 Kg6=; 2.Kf6 Kh6! 3.Rc6 Kh5!=) 2...Kg7 3.Rc7+ Kg6= ;

1... c4

1...Rh7+ 2.Ke6 Rh8 3.Rc7 Rh3 4.Nf6+ Kh8 5.Rc8+ Kg7 6.Rg8+ Kh6 7.Kf7 wins;

2.Ke6!! Kf8

2...Kh7 3.Rxc4! Rf8 4.Nf6+ Kh6 5.Rh4+ Kg7 6.Rg4+ Kh8 7.Kf5 Ra8 8.Rh4+ Kg7 9.Rh7+ Kf8 10.Rh8+ wins;

White weaves a mating net around the enemy King.

3.Nd6+ Kg7

4.Nf5+ Kh7

5.Rc7+ Kg6

5...Kg8 6.Rg7+ Kf8 7.Rf7+ Ke8 8.Nd6+ Kd8 9.Rd7 mate;

6.Rg7+ Kh5

7.Ke5 Rf8

7...Re8+ 8.Kf4 wins;

8.Kf4 WINS

Only by giving up the Rook for the Knight can Black prevent 9.Rg5 mate. It is interesting to note that without the pawn at c5 in the original position White still wins by 1.Ke6 Kh7 2.Rc4 Rf8 3.Nf6 Kh6 4.Rh4+ Kg7 5.Rg4+ and Black has the choice of being quickly mated or losing his Rook.

Gens Una Sumas.
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