PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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10/03/2002

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 232

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:4B3/8/4k3/P5p1/1PK5/8/8/4b3:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 231

R. Flores

Chilean chessplayer. Played second board for his country in the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939. Alekhine, who annotated the games of the Olympiad, praised the Chilean master for his handling of this game and especially the bold sacrifice of the exchange which lead to this ending.

Flores vs Czerniak

Buenos Aires, 1939

White to play and WIN 

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

White has a wonderfully active Bishop for the sacrifice of the exchange. Black has to guard against the double threat of a mating attack (Rf3-Rh3-Rh8) and White queening the passed d-pawn.

1.d6! ...

The mating manoeuvre is premature: 1.Rf3? Ra6 2.e5 Rxd5 3.Rh3 Rd1+ 4.Kf2 Rxf6+ 5.exf6 Rd2+ -+;

2... Rc6

2.e5 ...

2.d7 Rxf6 3.Rxf6 Rd8 4.Rd6 a4 5.Kf2 b3 6.axb3 axb3 7.Ke3 b2 8.Rb6 Rxd7 9.Rxb2 f6 and Black has chances to draw;

2... Ra7!

This is the best move but Black in the game played: 2... a4 and the Knockout blow is 3.d7! Rc2 (3...Rxf6 4.Rc1! +-) 4.Rd1 Kh7 5.d8Q Rxd8 6.Rxd8 g5 7.Rb8 +-; Flores played 3.Rf4 with the double threat of Rxb4 and Rh4 which also won quickly;

3.Rd1! Rd7

4.Rd4 ...

4.Rd5 Rc1+ 5.Kf2 Rc2+ 6.Ke3 Rxa2 7.Rb5 +-; Black's counter- attack is hopeless.

4... Rc1+

5.Kf2 Rc2+

6.Ke3 Rc3+

6...Rxg2 7.Rh4 wins;

7.Kd2! ...

. White doesn't obstruct the 4th row so the mating attack is still a threat.

7... g5

8.Rg4 Kh7

9.Rxg5 a4

10.Rg7+ Kh6

11.g4 Rf3

12.g5+ Kh5

White's position is so powerful that he can give up the Rook to create two passed pawns.

13.Rxf7 Rxf7

14.e6! Wins.

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

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