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28/04/2002

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 238

White to play and WIN 

:4nb2/1p2N1kp/3P4/2P1N3/4p3/4Kpp1/1n6/8:

 


LAST WEEK, POSITION 237

Lev Aronin, (1920-1982).

Soviet International Master. His best result was coming second to Paul Keres in the Soviet Championship of 1950. In those days the Championship was a very strong event and included many world class players. He made a sensational start by scoring 6 out of 7 but Keres overtook him in the latter part of the tournament. He wrote a number of original articles on the game and made important contributions to opening theory.

Aronin vs Boleslavsky

Moscow, 1952

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:4b3/2n1k3/pp2p1p1/3pP1P1/1K1N4/P2B4/1PP5/8:

White has a strong positional plus with both his minor pieces better placed. His plan is to open up the position by pushing his queenside pawns so that his King can infiltrate into the enemy position along the weakened dark squares. 

1.a4! a5+

Forced, as White was threatening 2.a5!

1...Kd7? 2.a5 b5 3.Kc5 Bf7 4.Ne2 5.Nf4+- Black loses the g-pawn;

2.Ka3! Bf7

If 2...Kf7 then 3.c3! with the same plan as the main line.

3.c3! Be8

In the game Boleslavsky resigned here. A possible winning continuation is:

4.b4! axb4

Black has no real choice otherwise 5.bxa5 and 6.Nb6 winning a pawn;

5.cxb4 Kd8 6.a5 bxa5 7.bxa5 Kc8 8.Kb4 Kd8 9.Kc5 Ke7 10.a6......

White's dangerous passed pawn wins the game. Black's position is hopeless and further resistance is futile.

 

Anna Janczy Wins the Easter Competition.

Schachclub Leipzig-Gohlis (Melanie, Camen, Kristina, Franziska and Wilma) comes 2nd.

Congratulations in doing so well in this competition when some of the positions were quite tricky.

Gens Una Sumas.


Antonio Senatore
wins in March.

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