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03/03/2002

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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 231

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:r5k1/5p2/5Bp1/p1rP4/1p2P3/8/P5PP/5RK1:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 230

Hermann Mattison, (1894-1932).

Latvian chessplayer and study composer. He won the first Latvian championship in 1924 and the first FIDE world amateur championship in Paris in the same year. He played first board for the Latvian team at the Prague Olympiad in 1931 and he scored wins against Alekhine and Rubinstein. He composed over 60 studies, many of which are of great artistic value.

 Mattison, 1927

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/3r4/1p5k/3PP3/2N5/8/8/5K2:

The Black Rook has a difficut time defending because the pawns are so strong. Black can try to capture one of the pawns and give up his Rook for the remaining pawn but will he be allowed to do this ?

1.e6! ...

1.Nxb6? Re7! 2.Nc4 (2.d6 Rxe5 3. d7 Rf5+4.Kg2 Rf8 = ) 2... Kg6 3.d6 Rb7 4.e6 4... Kf6= ;

1... Re7

2.d6 ...

2.Nxb6? Kg6 3.Nc8 Re8 4.Nd6 Rxe6=;

2... Rxe6

3.d7! Rf6+

4.Kg2! ...

4.Ke2? Rf8 5.Nd6 a powerful Knight move, the promotion square is threatened to be cut off and the Rook cannot go to d8 because of the Nf7+ but Black draws by getting his King to the pawn 5... Kg7 6.Ne8+ Kf7 7.d8=Q Rxe8+ = ;

4... Rg6+

4... Rf8? 5.Nd6! Rg8+ 6.Kf3 Rf8+ 7.Kg4 Kg6 8.Ne8 wins;

5.Kf3 ...

5.Kh3? moves the king too far away from the d-file, so that after 5... Rg8 6.Nd6 Ra8 7.Nc8 Ra3+ 8.Kg4 Rd3 the agile Rook saves the game.

5... Rf6+

6.Kg4 Rg6+

7.Kf5 Rg5+

8.Ke6 Rg6+

9.Kd5 Rg5+

9...Rg8 10.Nd6 Kh7 11.Ne8 Rg1 12.Nf6+! Kg6 13.Ke5 Re1+ 14.Ne4 Rd1 15.Nd6 Re1+ 16.Kd5 Rd1+ 17.Kc6 Rc1+ 18.Kb7 wins.

10.Kc6 Rc5+

10...Rg8 11.Nd6! Kg6 12.Ne8 Kf7 13.d8Q wins.

11.Kd6! Rxc4 12.Ke5 Rc5+ 13.Ke4 Rc4+ 14.Ke3 Rc3+ 15.Kd2 Wins;

The pawn promotes and White has a theoretical win. The King is too far from the b-pawn to offer any real drawing chances in the QvRP ending. A difficult ending but worthy of close study.

 

Gens Una Sumas.
Gerard O'Reilly
wins in February.

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