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18/08/2002

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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 250

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION :8/3p4/6P1/8/b4R2/8/K2p2Pk/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 249

Sir Theodore Tylor, (1900-1968).

British Player of master strength. Although partially blind he enjoyed a successful career as an academic at Balliol College, Oxford. He learnt his chess as a schoolboy when he attended the Worcester College for the Blind. His best result was in the Hasting Reserves (29/30) when he shared 1st prize with Koltanowski.

Tylor vs Flohr

Nottingham 1936

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION 

:8/8/2b5/r2pPp2/k1pR1Ppp/p1P5/K1P1B1PP/8:

Flohr was pressing hard for a win in this ending and overestimated his chances. His last move Kb5-a4 was a mistake and allowed the White Bishop into the game with devastating effect.

1.Bd3! ...

Taking advantage of the pinned c-pawn. A move so easily missed when involved with a long ending. Tiredness plays a crucial part in many hard-fought endings and few players train for this physical endurance. This often leads to a lack of concentration and poor play in the final stage.

1... Rb5

Defending the f-pawn with 1... Bd7? walks into another pin, allowing 2. Bxc4!;

2.Bxf5 Rb2+

3.Ka1 g3

4.hxg3! ...

The game continued: 4.h3 Kb5 5.Bg6 Kc5 6.Rd2 Ba4 7.Re2 d5?? (Black missed the chance to play a Tylor like move 7...Bb3! which takes advantage of the pin on the c-pawn and draws: 8.e6.Ra2+ 9.Kb1 Rb2+ 10.Ka1 White has to repeat moves =) 8.cxd4+ Kb4 9.e6 c3 10.e7 a2 11.e8Q Bxe8 12.Rxe8 Kc4 13.Rd8 Rb1+ 14.Kxa2 Rg1 15.Bd3+ Kb4 16.Rb8+ Ka4 17.Be4 Re1 18.Re8 Kb4 19. f5 1-0;

4... hxg3

5.Bg4 Kb5

Black threatens to win the c-pawn.

6.Bd1 Kc5

White gets his passed pawns moving.

7.f5 Be8

8.f6 Bf7

Black tries to blockade the advance of the pawns.

9.Rg4 Rb8

10.Rg7 Rf8

11.Bg4! d4

12.Rxf7! ...

White breaks the blockade with this exchange sacrifice.

12... Rxf7

13.Ka2 Rf8

14.cxd4+Kd5

15.c3 WINS

Black has no answer to the advance of the e-pawn.

Gens Una Sumas. 


Antonio Senatore wins in July
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