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23/06/2002

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 246

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:2r5/6RP/7K/pp6/1k6/8/8/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 245

 Mikhail Tal, (1936-1992).

International Grandmaster. World Champion 1960-61. Six times Soviet Champion. Tal had a golden period from 1957-60 which culminated in him winning the World Championship in 1960. From then on serious illness affected his play but he was always a dangerous opponent and still able to produce world class results.

 

Tal vs Khasin

Soviet Ch, 1961

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:1r6/6k1/1rB1P1p1/3p1pPp/1pR1nP2/1P6/P3R2P/1K6:

White has set up a clever exchange sacrifice which leads to a winning ending:

1.Bxd5! Nc3+  

2.Rxc3 bxc3

3.Kc2 Rd6 

3... Rc8 4.e7 Re8 5.Re5 Ra6 6.b4 Ra7 7 b5 Raxe7 8.Rxe7+ Rxe7 9.b6 Re8 (if 9... Re2+10. Kxc3 Re1 11. b7 Rb1 12. Bb3) 10.b7 Kf8 11.a4 Ke7 12.a5 Kd6 13.a6 Kxd5 14.a7 +- ;

4.Re5 ...

White has a winning position with dominating pieces and powerful passed pawns.

4.Bc4 also wins as follows 4..Kf8 5.Kxc3 Ke7 6.a4 Rd1 7.a5 Ra1 8.a6 Rb6 9.Kd4 Rd6+ 10.Kc5 Ra5+ 11.Kb4 Ra1 12.Re5 Raxa6 13.Bxa6 Rxa6 14.Re2 +-; 

4... Kf8

4...Re8 5.e7 Ra6 6.b4 Ra7 7.b5 Raxe7 8.Rxe7+ Rxe7 9.b6 Kf8 10.a4+- ;

5.e7+ Ke8

6.a4! ... 

The threat is: 7.Bc4 and 8.Bb5+; 

6... Rxd5  

White has little choice but to give back the exchange.

6...Rc8 7.a5 Rd7 (if 7...Kd7 8.Bc4+-) 8.a6 Ra7 9.Re6 Kd7 10.Rxg6 Kxe7 (10...Re8 11.Bc6+ Kxe7 12.Bxe8 Kxe8 13.Kxc3+-) 11.Rg7+ Kd6 12.Rxa7 Kxd5 13.Re7+- ; 

7.Rxd5 Rb4  

Black goes for some counterplay.

8.Kxc3 Rxf4

9.a5! Rf1 

9... Kxe7 10.a6 Rf1 11.Ra5 wins; 

10.Kb2 ...

10.a6 also wins as follows 10...Kxe7 11.Kb4 Rc1 12.Rc5 Rd1 13.Re5+ Kf7 14.Kc5 f4 15.a7 Ra1 16.Kb6 f3 17.Re3 f2 18.Rf3+ Ke6 19.Rxf2 +-;

10... Rf2+

11.Ka3 Rf1

12.Rd2 Re1 

12... Kxe7 13.a6 Ra1+ 14.Ra2 Rc1 15.a7 Rc8 16.Kb4 +-;

13.b4 Re3+

14.Ka4 Wins.

 

Gens Una Sumas.

 

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