PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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05/05/2002

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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Jim Monaghan and Henryk Kalafut .
THIS WEEK

POSITION 239

White to play and WIN 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:2r3k1/5pp1/3p3p/3Bp3/1P6/R1P3P1/3b1P1P/5K2:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 238

Alexi Troitzky, (1866-1942).

Russian/Soviet Endgame Composer. He is regarded as the greatest exponent of the art of the modern endgame study composition. He was one of the first to adapt older themes to modern settings and many of his studies embrace modern strategical concepts.  In 1910 he wrote an important article, published in the St Petersburg paper "Niva" in which he laid down the principles for the composing of studies. Much of what he said then remains valid to the present day. He has over 1000 studies to his credit.

A. Troitzky, 1937

White to play and WIN 

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

Black has a material advantage but White has two beautifully placed Knights. White lands the knockout punch with the surprising underpromotion of the d-pawn leading to a neat mate with three Knights !!

1.d7 ...

1.Nf5+? Kf6! 2.d7 Nd6 3.d8Q+ Kxe5 4.Nxg3 Ndc4+ 5.Kf2 Bxc5+ -+;

1... g2

1...Nd1+ 2.Kd2 e3+ 3.Kc2 (3.Kxd1 f2 4.Ke2 g2 5.dxe8N+ Kh6 6.Nf7+ Kh5 7.Nf6+ Kh4 8. Nf5+ Kh3 9.Ng5+ Kh2 10.Ng4+ Kh1 11.Ng3+ Kg1 12. Nf3mate) 3...f2 4.Nf5+ Kf6 5.dxe8Q f1Q 6.Qxf8+ Kxe5 7.Qd6+ Kxf5 8.Qf8+ Kg4 9.Qxf1 wins;

2.dxe8N+! ...

This is the clever part of the study. With this underpromotion Black is in check and finds there is no escape from the three Knight attack.

2... Kh6

2...Kh8! 3.Nf7mate.

3.Nf7+ Kh5

4.Nf6+ Kh4

5.Nf5+ Kh3

6.Ng5+ Kh2

7.Ng4+ Kg1

7...Kh1? 8.Ng3+ Kg1 9.Nh3mate;

8.Kxe4! ...

The King makes way for the Knight.

8... Kf1

8...f2 9.Nf3+ Kf1 10.Ng3mate;

9.Ng3+ Ke1

The King is pursued by the three Knights along the edge of the board.

10.Nxf3+ Kd1

11.Ne3+ Kc1

12.Ne2+ Kb1

13.Nd2+ Ka2

13...Ka1 14.Nc2+ Ka2 15.Nc3(c1)mate;

14.Nc3+ Ka3

15.Nc2 MATE.

In 1928 Troitzky was awarded the title of Honoured Art Worker -the first time that chess composition was officially regarded as an art form in Russia. The above study would probably have been included in his next book had he not died in the Siege of Leningrad in 1942.

 

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.


Henryk Kalafut (USA)
wins in May.

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1. Cumulative 2002 Prizes: 1st £100 or equivalent, 2nd £50, 3rd £30; 4th £20. (Total Prize Money=£200) Entries limited to 20 solvers. This event will run from 6/1/2002 to 22/12/2002 with a recess in July. Present CUMULATIVE COMPETITION rules apply but note the prizes will go to those participants who climb the ladder the greatest number of times during the year. The relative position of the solver's name on the ladder will decide the allocation of prizes.

2. Endgame Solving Tournaments 2002. They will be directed at new or intermediate solvers and will not be too difficult. No money prizes but a book prize for the highest placed newcomer. Events will take place at Easter, Summer and Christmas each consisting of 5 positions to solve. Present strict rules will apply; no computer analysis.


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