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09/06/2002

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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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THIS WEEK

POSITION 244

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:2b5/5p2/4PN2/p5k1/8/8/2r5/K6N:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 243

Emanuel Lasker, (1868-1941).

German Grandmaster. World Champion from 1894-1921. From 1895 to 1924 Lasker had a staggering tournament record. In ten tournaments he won or shared eight 1st prizes, one 2nd and one 3rd. In this long period his score was a remarkable 78% (+119 =46 -18).

Em. Lasker vs Rubinstein

St Petersburg, 1914

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:5r2/8/3k2p1/1pbp4/5PP1/3KB3/1P6/5R2:

White will create an outside passed pawn which will be supported by an active Rook. In contrast the Black Rook will be passively placed. This is one of Lasker's great endings against a formidable opponent.

1.Bxc5+ Kxc5

2.f5 gxf5

2...g5? 3.f6 Rf7 4.b4+ Kc6 (if 4...Kxb4 5.Kd4 Rf8 6.f7 Ka3 7.Kxd5+-) 5.Kd4 Kd6 6.Ra1! Rc7 7.Ra6+ Kd7 8.Kxd5 Rc4 9.Ra8 Rxg4 (if 9...Rf4 10.f7 Rxf7 11.Ra7+ wins) 10.f7 Rf4 11.f8Q wins;

3.gxf5 Rf6

Black blockades the pawn.

3... d4 4.f6 Kd5 5.f7 Ke5 6.b4! Kd5 7.Rf4! Ke5 8.Re4+ Kf5 9.Re2 Kf6 10.Kxd4 Rd8+ (10...Rc8? 11.f8=Q+ Rxf8 12.Rf2+ Ke7 13.Rxf8 Kxf8 14.Kc5) 11.Kc5 Kxf712.Kxb5 and with the black king cut off by three files the win is straight forward.

4.Rf4! b4

Tarrasch in the tournament book suggests 4... d4! as the best move with the continuation 5.Ke4 Rd6 6.Rf3 Kc4 7.f6! (This is an improvement over the old move 7. b3+? recommendedd by Tarrasch but only leads to a draw) 7...d3 8.f7 d2 9.f8Q d1Q 10.Qc8+ Rc6 11.Qxc6+ Kb4 12.Qc3+ Ka4 13.Qa3#;

5.b3 Rf7

6.f6 Kd6

7.Kd4 Ke6

8.Rf2! ...

Preparing to switch the attack to the queenside.

8... Kd6

8... Rxf6? leads to a lost K+P ending.

9.Ra2 Rc7

9... Rb7 10.Ra6+ Kd7 11.Kxd5 Rb5+ 12.Kc4 Rf5 13.Kxb4 +-;

10.Ra6+ Kd7

11.Rb6! ...

White could also win with 11.Kxd5 Rc3 12.Ra8! Rf3 when 13.f7 is decisive.

Black Resigned.

A possible continuation is: 11... Rc3 12.Rxb4 Rf3 13.Ke5 Rf1 14.Rf4 Rxf4 15.Kxf4 Ke6 16.f7 Kxf7 17.Ke5 Ke7 18.Kxd5 and White wins.

This ending is of some historical interest. Before the beginning of the tournament Rubinstein had challenged Lasker to a World Championship Match, and the date was set for the autumn providing the money could be found. But Rubinstein had a disastrous tournament in St. Petersburg. After losing this ending, he lost in the next round against Alekhine and so never made it into the final stage of the tournament which was won by Lasker ahead of Capablanca. The chances of a Rubinstein-Lasker match completely vanished when WWI started in the summer.

Gens Una Sumas.

Important Notice: The Summer competition will run from June 30th until August 4th.

The Cumulative Competition will break from beginning of July (5th) to August 4th.


Jim Monaghan (Canada)
wins in June.

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  COMPETITIONS for 2002

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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