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16/06/2002

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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 245

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:1r6/6k1/1rB1P1p1/3p1pPp/1pR1nP2/1P6/P3R2P/1K6:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 244

Carlos Peronace, (1933 - 1990).

Argentinian Endgame Composer. He was born in Buenos Aires and began composing in the 1950s. Had many successes: over half of his compositions gained awards in international competitions.

Peronace, 1955

White to play and WIN 

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

The characteristic of this study is Black' s creative play against his opponents threat to queen the powerful passed pawn. It is the manoeuvres of the Rook chasing the White King which create the artistic impression.

1.exf7 ...

1.e7? Bd7 2.Nxd7 Re2 and the e-pawn is lost.

The Rook cannot directly control the queening square so he must find another way.

1... Ra2+!

2.Kb1 ...

2.Kxa2? Be6+ winning the pawn with a drawn ending.

2... Bf5+

The pieces chase the Black Monarch.

3.Kc1 Rc2+

3... Ra1+ 4.Kd2 Ra2+ 5.Ke3 Ra3+ 6.Kd4 Rd3+ 7.Kc5 Rd8 8.Ne8 Bg6 9.f8Q Rxe8 10.Qd6+-;

4.Kd1 Rc8

Black gets his Rook back to prevent the pawn queening, but White can now shield it with the Knight;

5.Ne8 Rd8+

5... Bg4+ 6.Kd2 Rd8+ 7.Kc3 Rc8+ 8.Kb2! Rb8+ 9.Ka1 and Black can no longer prevent the pawn promoting.

6.Kc1! ...

6.Ke1?? Bg6 7.f8Q Rxe8+ =;

6... Rc8+

7.Kd2! ...

7.Kb2? Rc2+ 8.Kb3 ( 8.Ka3?? Be6! with the threat of mate) 8.Kb3 Be6+ with a draw;

7... Rd8+

7...Rc2+ 8.Kd1+- ;

8.Kc3 Rd3+

8...Rc8+ 9.Kd4 Rc4+ 10.Ke5 Re4+ 11.Kd6 Rd4+ 12.Kc5 Rc4+ 13.Kb6+- (if 13.Kb5? Rf4 14.Kxa5 Bd3=);

9.Kb2 Rb3+

This idea of the Rook sacrifice keeps appearing and it is a poison chalice.

10.Kc1 Rb1+

10... Rc3+ 11.Kd2 Rc2+ 12.Kd1 +-;

11.Kd2 Rb2+12.Ke3 Rb3+ 13.Kd4 Rd3+

13... Rb4+ 14. Kc5 Rc4+ 15. Kb6 +-;

14.Kc5 Rc3+ 15.Kb6 Rb3+ 16.Ka7 WINS.

The Rook is finally out of position and the f-pawn can queen in peace.

With this study Peronace won 1st prize in the 1955 Sao Paulo Tourney.

 

Gens Una Sumas.

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