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19/05/2002

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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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Jim Monaghan, Henryk Kalafut and Gerard O'Reilly.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 241

Black to play and WIN 

FN:2rn4/1p2pk1p/p5p1/3Np3/P2bP3/5PB1/6PP/3R3K:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 239

Zinovy Birnov, (1911-1967).

Russian Endgame Composer. Composed over one hundred studies across four decades. He won a number of prizes some of which were controversial. Perhaps not a member of the elite but still a worthwhile composer.

Birnov, 1951

White to play and WIN 

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

Black must fancy his chances here with both pawns threatening to queen but White has it under control. The pawns cannot be stopped directly so White has to set up his own threat. 

1.Rg8+ Ka7  

1...Kc7 2.axb7 Kxb7 transposes to the main line. 

2.axb7 Kxb7

3.Rg1! ...

White finds a novel solution to the problem. Now if either pawn promotes the new queen is forfeited by 4.Bg2+;

3... e1N+  

3...exf1Q 4.Rxf1 Nb6 5.Kb3 Nd5 6. Ra1 Kc6 7. Rxa2 +-; 

4.Kb2 a1Q+  

4...Nc2 5.Kxc2 a1Q 6.Bg2+ is again decisive; 

4...Nc7 5.Kxa2 Nc2 6.Kb3 Ne3 7.Bc4 +-;

5.Kxa1 Nc2+

6.Kb2 Nxb4

A changed situation with Black now fighting for a draw; but his King and Knight are badly placed.

7.Bg2+ Kb8  

7...Ka7? loses after 8.Ra1+; 

8.Kc3! ...

The Knight is forced to retreat.

8... Na6  

9.Rb1+ ... 

and Black faces a stark choice; lose the a8 Knight or be mated as follows:

9... Ka7  

10.Rb7Mate.

A nice study by Birnov which won 3rd prize in the XVIth Soviet Composing Competition.

Next Week: A sacrifice too far ? 

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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