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07/04/2002

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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 235

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/1pr1k1p1/pR2p1Pp/P1p1P2P/2K5/2P5/1P6/8: 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 234

Chris Jonsson

Swedish Endgame Composer whose career spanned four decades.

C. Jonsson, 1973

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/pb6/NN1p2B1/8/8/8/5K2/7k:

The clue to solving this study is the position of the Black Monarch. White only needs the cooperation of the Bishop and Knight to give mate in the corner. But first he has to decide which Knight to save.

1.Nc4! ...

1.Nd7? Bxa6 2.Be4+ Kh2 3.Bg2 Bc8 4.Nf6 Bh3=;

1... Bxa6

2.Nxd6 Kh2

3.Bf5!! ...

Domination of the Black Bishop and keeping the King confined to the corner.

3... Kh1

The King is forced to move into a deadly lock by the Bishop

4.Be4+ Kh2

5.Bg2! Bd3

In order to win White repositions his Knight.

5...Be2 6.Nf5 a5 7.Ne3 a4 8.Kxe2 Kg3 (if 8...a3 9.Kf2 a2 10.Nf1++) 9.Bd5 wins;

6.Nf7 a5

6...Bc4 7.Ne5 Be2 8.Bc6! Bh5 9.Bd7 a5 10.Nc4! Bf7 11.Ne3!;

7.Nh6! ...

This is the quickest way to win but 7.Ne5 Be2 8.Bc6! Bd1 9.Bd7! Bh5 10.Nc4! a4 11.Ne3 Be2 12. Kxe2 Kg3 13.Bxa4 also wins;

7... Be2

8.Nf5 a4

9.Ne3 a3

10.Kxe2 a2

11.Kf2 a1Q

12.Ng4Mate

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