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02/06/2002

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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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POSITION 243

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:5r2/8/3k2p1/1pbp4/5PP1/3KB3/1P6/5R2:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 242

Vladimir Korolkov, (1907-1987).

Soviet Endgame Composer. Noted for his imaginative compositions. Author of 'Selected Studies' ( 1958) which contains over a hundred of his studies.

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:6R1/1p5N/k7/8/1p6/6Bp/1Pr3p1/1K6:  

White has to deal with the advanced passed pawns on the kingside. Look out for the wonderful play between the White Knight and the Black Rook. The "g1" square has to be guarded, so the first move is easy to find:

1.Bh2 ...

1.Ra8+? Kb5 2.Bh2 Rf2 3.Ng5 Rf1+ 4.Ka2 Rh1;

1.Rg6+? b6 2.Bh2 Rf2 3.Ng5 g1Q+ 4.Bxg1 Rf1+;

1... Rf2

1... g1Q+ 2.Bxg1 h2 3.Bxh2 Rxh2 4.Nf6 b3 5.Rc8 Kb5 6.Rc3 +-;

2.Ng5 ...

The White Knight goes after the Black pawns.

2... g1Q

2... b3? 3.Rc8 Rf1+ 4.Rc1 Rh1 5.Nf3 Kb5 6.Bg1! the Rook is trapped and White has an easy win.

2... Rf1+ 3.Kc2! g1Q 4.Bxg1 Rxg1 5.Ra8+ Kb6 transposes to the main line.

3.Bxg1 Rf1+

4.Kc2! ...

4.Ka2? Rxg1 5.Ra8+ Kb6 6.Nxh3 b3+ 7.Kxb3 Rg3+ draws;

4... Rxg1

5.Ra8+ Kb6

If 5... Kb5 then play continues as in the mainline, but then White wins with 12.Nd4+ destroying Black's threats on the back rank

6.Nxh3 b3+!

Black is going to counter-attack with mating threats on the back rank.

7.Kd2 Rg2+

8. Kc1 Rc2+

9.Kb1 ...

In order to win White must not lose the b-pawn.

9... Rh2

10.Ng1 Rg2

11.Nf3 Rf2

White defends with a wonderful Knight manoeuvre

12.Ne1 Re2

13.Nd3 Rd2

14.Nc1 Rd1

White can win the b-pawn and the game.

15.Ra3! ...

15.Rc8? Kb5 16.Rc3 Ka4! =;

15... Kc5

16.Rxb3 ...

White can now escape the back rank bind and the extra piece will begin to tell.

With this study Korolkov won 1st prize in the 1946 Sverdlovsk Tourney.

 

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