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01/09/2002

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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 252

White to play and WIN  

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/5k2/2RP4/P7/6p1/8/6K1/r7:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 251

Ulf Andersson, (1951- ).

Swedish Grandmaster. Winner of many tournaments. Has a quiet positional style. For a time he was among the world's top players.

Andersson vs Hubner

Ter Apel, 1997

FORSYTH NOTATION:R7/P5kp/5p2/6p1/4p1P1/4P2P/5PK1/r7:

How can white improve his position? His Rook is tied to the a-pawn and his King has little room to manoeuvre. White's winning plan here is to activate his Rook and King by exchanging his a-pawn for the f-pawn at the right moment.

1.Kg3 ...

Another way to win is to play:1.f3! Ra2+ 2.Kg3 exf3 3.Kxf3 Ra4 4.Ke2 Ra3 5.e4 h6 6.Kd2 Ra1 7.Kc3 Ra4 8.Kb3 Ra1 9.Kb4 Ra2 10.Kb5 Ra1 11.Kc6 Rc1+ 12.Kd6 Ra1 13.Rc8! Rxa7 14.Rc7+ Rxc7 15.Kxc7 Kf8 16.Kd8 Kf7 17.Kd7 Kg6 18.Ke6 Kg7 19.Ke7 Kg6 20.Kf8 wins;

1... Rg1+

1...Ra5 2.h4 h6 3.h5 Kh7 4.f3 exf3 5.Kxf3 f5 6.gxf5 Rxf5+ 7.Kg4 Ra5 8.e4 Ra4 9.Kf5 Kg7 10.e5 Ra5 11.Ke4 Ra6 12.Kd5 Kf7 13.e6+ Ke7 14.Rh8! Ra5+ 15.Ke4 Ra4+ 16.Kf5 Ra5+ 17.Kg6 White wins;

2.Kh2 Ra1

3.Kg2 ...

Back to the initial position but with Black to move.

3... h6

4.Kh2! Kh7

5.Rf8! ...

This is the winning idea. The a-pawn is exchanged for the f-pawn with the result that Black is left with a weakened pawn structure.

5... Rxa7

6.Rxf6 Kg7

7.Re6 Ra4

8.Kg3 Rb4

9.h4 gxh4+

White will now gain control of "f4".

10.Kxh4 Ra4

11.Kg3 Rb4

12.Re5 Kg6

13.Rf5 Rb8

14.Kf4 Re8

15.Re5! ...

The pressure against "e4" leads to a won King and pawn ending.

15... Rxe5

16.Kxe5 Kg5

17.Kxe4 Kxg4

18.Kd3! ...

Black resigned.

A possible continuation is: 18.. Kf3 19.e4! h5 20.e5 h4 21.e6 h3 22.e7 h2 23.e8Q Kxf2 24.Qh5 Kg2 25.Ke2! h1Q 26.Qg4+ Kh2 27.Kf2! +-.


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