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24/02/2002

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 230

White to play and WIN 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/3r4/1p5k/3PP3/2N5/8/8/5K2:
 LAST WEEK, POSITION 229

Moshe Czerniak, (1910-84).

International Master. Chess author and journalist. Palestine Champion in 1936 and Champion of Israel in 1955. Born in Poland but as a young man emigrated to Palestine. Played in the ill-fated 1939 Chess Olympiad and because of the outbreak of war decided to stay in South America before finally going back to Israel in 1950. He had a reputation as a tenacious fighter in the endgame.

Israel Championship, 1966

White to play and WIN 

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/1b3p1p/1P3P2/1K3kPP/8/8/3B4:

At a first glance this opposite-coloured Bishop ending looks drawn but Czerniak finds a study-like way to win.

1.g5! ...

1.h5? Ke5=;

1.Kc4? Ke5! 2.g5 fg! and White can make no progress;

1... hg

1... fg 2.f6 Bd8 3.f7 Be7+ 4.Ka5! Ke5 5.b6 Kd6 6.hg hg 7.Ka6 +-;

1... Kxf5 2.Bc2+ Ke6 3.g6! (3. gh? Kf7=) 3... Ke7 4.h5 +- After exchanging the b6 pawn for the Black Bishop White soon wins.

2.h5! Kxf5

3.Bg4+!! ...

A very beautiful move. The King is forced out of the square of the h-pawn and the Bishop becomes overworked as it tries to cope with two passed pawns..

3. Bc2+? Ke6=;

3... Kxg4

4.h6 f5

4... Bd4 5.Kc4 Be5 6.Kd5 +-;

5.h7 ...

5.Kc4 Bd8 6.h7 Bf6 7.b6 f4 8.b7 Be5 +-;

5... Bd4

6.Kc4 Be5

7.b6 f4

8.b7 f3

9.Kd3! ....

The Black King is forced to move to an unfortunate square, as his Bishop will be won with a check when the b-pawn promotes.

9... Kg3

9... Kh3 10.b8Q Bxb8 11.h8Q+ +-;

10.h8Q! Bxh8

11.b8Q+ Kg2

12.Qxh8 ...

White soon wins as both pawns will be captured.

Gens Una Sumas.
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