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08/09/2002

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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 253

White to play and WIN  

FORSYTH NOTATION::3nr3/rp2k1p1/p1p5/N1Pp1pp1/3P4/4P2P/P1R2PP1/4RK2:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 252

Erich Zepler, (1898-1980).

Endgame Composer and Problemist. A German Jew who came to England in 1935. In 1957 he was awarded the title of International Judge of Composition by FIDE and in 1973 became an International Master of Chess Composition. He was an expert in the field of Electronics and in 1949 he became professor of this new emerging science at Southampton University.

 E. Zepler, 1923

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/5k2/2RP4/P7/6p1/8/6K1/r7:

The d-pawn advances and Black is forced to blockade the pawn with his King. His Rook has to eye the a-pawn and look after his own g-pawn. Otherwise White will win by taking his King to the queenside and shepherd home the a-pawn. After a clever tempo loss with White King, the Black Rook finally loses position and White wins by a neat tactical trick often seen in these type of endings.

1.d7 ...

1.a6? Ke6 2.Kg3 Kd7 3.Rb6 Ra4 4.Kh4 Kd8= ;

2... Ke7

1... Rd1? 2.Rc7 Ke7 3.a6 Ra1 4.a7 Ra3 5.Rc8 wins;

2.Rd6! Kd8

3.a6 Ra3

In this position Black would lose if it was his turn to move. White's task is therefore to transfer the move to Black.

4.Kf2! ...

4.Kf1? Ra2! 5.Kg1 g3 6.Kf1 Rf2+ 7.Kg1 Ra2=;

4... Rf3+

5.Ke2 ...

5.Ke1? g3! =;

5... Ra3

6.Ke1! ...

White is seeking to lose a tempo with the King.

6.Kd2? g3!;

6... Re3+

7.Kd2! ...

7.Kf1? leads to waste of time;

7... Ra3

8.Ke2! Ra2+

9. Kf1 Ra1+

10.Kf2! Ra3

11.Kg2 ...

The position of move 3 is repeated, but now Black must move.

11... Ra2+

12.Kg3 Ra4

13.Kh4 Rc4

White wins by setting up a skewer which nets the Black Rook.

14.a7 Ra4

15.Rh6! Kxd7

15... Rxa7 16. Rh8+ Kxd7 17. Rh7+ winning;

16.Rh8 Rxa7

17.Rh7+Wins.
Gerard O'Reilly wins in August
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