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30/06/2002

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 247

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/p5R1/1p4p1/8/3k3P/5K2/5P2/r7:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 246

Istvan Bilek, (1932-).

Hungarian Grandmaster. Endgame Composer. National champion 1963, 1964 and 1970. Played in many Olympiads and International tournaments.

Bilek, 1971

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:2r5/6RP/7K/pp6/1k6/8/8/8:

Black is aiming to win or sacrifice his Rook for the h-pawn. His two passed queenside pawns will secure him at least a draw. White's task is to prevent this from happening. With a systematic manoeuvre the Black King is forced down the board until the Rook can no longer threaten a skewer along the h-file.

1.Rg8 Rc1!

1...Rc6+? 2.Kg5 Rc5+ 3.Kh4 Rc1 4.Rg4+ Kc5 5.Kh5 and the pawn promotes;

2.Rg4+ Ka3

If the pawn promotes, Black has the Rook skewer along the h-file.

3.Kh5! ...

3.Kg5? Rc8 4.Rg3+ Ka4 5.Rh3 b4 6.h8=Q Rxh8 7.Rxh8 Ka3 8.Kf4 b3 9.Ke3 b2 10.Rb8 Ka2 11.Ra8 =;

3... Rc8

3...Rc5+ 4.Kh4 Rc8 5.Rg8 Rc4+ 6.Kg3 Rc3+ 7.Kf2 Rc2+ 8.Ke3 Rh2 9.h8Q Rxh8 10.Rxh8 +-;

The Black Rook is threatening to go in front of the h-pawn.

4.Rg8 Rc1

With the same manoeuvre the King is forced down the board.

5.Rg3+ Ka2

5...Ka4 6.Rg4+ +-;

6.Kh4 Rc8

6...Rc4+ 7.Kh3 Rc8 (if 7...Rc1 8.Rg2+ Kb3 9.h8Q Rh1+ 10.Rh2 wins) 8.Rg8 Rc3+ 9.Kh2 wins;

7.Rg8 Rc1

Again the manoeuvre is repeated.

8.Rg2+ Kb1

9.Kh3 Rc8

10.Rg8 Rc1

11.Kh2 Rc2+

12.Kh1 Wins

If 12...Rc1+, then 13.Rg1 pins the Black Rook, allowing the h-pawn to queen.

Black has run out of space and no longer has any skewer threats and the h-pawn will promote leading to an easy won ending. These systematic manouvres often occur in Rook endings and it is worth looking out for them. They are present in both defence and attack. The most famous example is the Lasker manoeuvre which we have seen here in endgame competitions.

Gens Una Sumas. 


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.

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