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15/09/2002

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 254

White to play and DRAW 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/1q6/8/5k1p/4R3/5PK1/8:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 253

Akiba Rubinstein, (1882 -1961).

World Championship Candidate. Polish Grandmaster. His golden period was before WW1 when he was victorious in a number of important tournaments. His results were so good that he was looked upon as the leading challenger for the world title. In 1909 he came equal first with Lasker at the St Petersburg tournament and even beat him in their individual game. This was the closest Rubinstein was ever allowed to come to his rival. His chances for a shot at the World title vanished when WWI started in the summer of 1914. Although still a great player he never managed to reach those pre-war heights.

White to play and WIN

Rubinstein VS Takacs

Budapest, 1926 

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

This ending is won for White because he has more space in which to manoeuvre his Rooks. He can build up pressure on the b-file, tying Black's pieces to the defence of the b-pawn and then switch the attack to the kingside.

  1.Rb2 Kd7

2.Reb1 Kc8

3.Ke2 Re7

White now switches the play to the weakened kingside.

4.Kf3! Re4

5.g4! g6

6.Rg1 Nf7

White achieves the decisive breakthrough on the kingside.

7.h4! gxh4

8.gxf5 gxf5

9.Rg8+! ...

This move is better than 9.Rg7 which was played in the game. 9.Rg7 Nd8 10.Rg8 f4? (Kd7 may be better) 11.Rh8 fxe 12.fxe Kd7 13.Rg2 and White soon won.

9. ... Nd8

10.Rb1 Kd7

11.Rg7+ Ke8

12.Rh7 Nf7

13.Rg1! ...

White is threatening to win the Knight in a few moves.

13. ... Kf8

14.Rg6 b6

Black makes a desperate bid to free his position.

15.cxb6 Ne5+

16.dxe5 Rxh7

17.Rxc6 h3

18.b7 Rb4

19.Rc8+ Kf7

20.b8Q Rxb8

21.Rxb8 WINS.

The h-pawn will soon fall and then the extra piece will take effect.

Some years later at Rogaska Slatina, Takacs played the game of his life to take the first brilliancy prize and to exact sweet revenge on the Polish Grandmaster.

Gens Una Sumas.


Gerard O'Reilly wins in August
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