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12/05/2002

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, Gerard O'Reilly and Oliver Scalbert.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 240

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:nk6/1p6/P7/8/1P4R1/8/p1K1p3/5B2:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 239

Yefim Geller, (1925-1998).

Soviet Grandmaster, World Championship Candidate. He was among the world's top players for over twenty years. He won the Soviet Championship twice; in 1955 he tied with Smyslov, then defeated him in the play-off and again he won it in 1979 at the age of 54. The closest he came to the World Championship was in the 1962 Candidates when he was equal second with Keres, half a point behind Petrosian.

Geller vs Stein

Stockholm 1962

White to play and WIN 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:2r3k1/5pp1/3p3p/3Bp3/1P6/R1P3P1/3b1P1P/5K2:

At a glance this ending may look drawn but White has the advantage of an outside passed b-pawn and the more active pieces. The White Rook and Bishop combine well together to attack weaknesses on both sides of the board.  

1.b5! Rb8

1... Rxc3? 2.Ra8+ Kh7 3.b6 and the b-pawn will queen.

1... Bxc3? 2.b6 Rb8 3.b7! is obviously no better.

1... Bg5 2.Ra7 Bd8 3.Rxf7 Kh7 4.Rd7 Ba5 5.c4 +-;

2.c4 Bb4

3.Ra7 Bc5

3... Rf8? 4. b6! Bc5 5. Ra6! and, with the threat of b7 followed by Ra8;

4.Rxf7 Kh7

5.Ke2! ...

Geller played 5.Be4+ Kg8 6.Bd5 Kh7 in the game, repeating the position.

5... h5

White now centralizes his King.

6.Kd3 Kh6

7.Ke4 g6

This move prevents the invasion of the King and Black now seeks refuge in the Bishop ending but it is easily won for White.

8.h4! ...

Another way to win is: 8.f3 Bg1 9.h3 Bf2 10.Rd7 Bc5 11.Rc7 Bf2 12.Rc6 Rb6 13.Bf7! Kg7 14.Be8 Rb8 15.Bd7 Bxg3 16.Kd5! Rf8 17.b6 Rb8 18.Bc8 e4 19.fxe4 g5 20.b7 wins;

8... Rh8

9.f3 Rh7

10.Rxh7+ Kxh7

Despite the opposite-coloured Bishops the ending is won for White because he has the more active King which can shepherd home the powerful passed b-pawn.

11.Bf7 Kg7 12.Be8 Bf2 13.Kd5 Bxg3 14.b6 Bf2 15.b7 Ba7 16.Kxd6 Bb8+ 17.Kd7 g5 18.Bxh5 gxh4 19.Bg4 Black resigned.

 

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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