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29/09/2002

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 256

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/6kp/4p3/4Pp2/P4P2/5QKP/3q4/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 255

Frank Marshall, (1877-1944).

American Grandmaster. World Championship Challenger. One of the great charismatic figures. He had many tournament successes but his dashing style did not suit the long grind involved in matches. This was evident in his flawed bid for the World Championship against Lasker in 1907 when he didn't win any games.

Marshall was completely devoted to chess and besides playing, he organised events and encouraged young players. He had a very outgoing and likeable personality and it's not surprising that his creation, the Marshall Chess Club of New York, became a great success.

  F. Marshall vs G. Marco

Monte Carlo, 1904

White to play and DRAW 

FORSYTH NOTATION:1k6/1Pp4R/8/2N1b3/8/6PK/rp5P/8:

It must have been very difficult playing against Marshall with his known reputation as a "swindler". White appears to be in dire straits. How can he stop the b-pawn ? Marshall finds a tactical solution which transforms the situation. The resulting ending is very interesting. The Knight takes care of the c-pawn and the King supports his passed pawns. Black's defence is not easy to find.

1.Re7! Ka7

2.Re8 c6

2... b1Q? 3.Ra8+ Kb6 4.b8Q+ Kxc5 5.Qxb1 Rxa8 +--;

3.Ra8+ Kb6

4.Rxa2 b1Q

5.b8Q+! Bxb8

6.Rb2+! Qxb2

7.Na4+ Kb5

8.Nxb2 ...

The dust settles and White is a pawn up. Can he win the ending ?

8... c5

9.Kg2 ...

9.Kg4 c4 10.Nd1 Kb4 11.h4 c3 12.Nxc3 Kxc3 13.h5 Kd4 14.h6 Be5 ( 14...Ke4 15.h7 Be5 16.Kg5 Bh8 17.g4 Ke5 18.Kg6 Kf4 19.g5 Kg4! 20.Kh6 Kf5 21.g6 Kf6 = ) 15.h7 Kd5 16.Kf5 Kd6 17.g4 Bb2 18.g5 Ke7! Black's defence holds.

9... c4

10.Kf3 c3

11.Nd3 Kc4

12.Ne1 Kd4

13.h4 Ke5!

The game continuation was: 13...Bd6? 14.g4 Be7? (14... Ke5) 15.g5 Ke5 16.Kg4 Bf8? (16... Ke6=) 17.Nc2 (17.h5!) 17...Ke4 18.h5 Kd3 19.Na1! Ke4 20.h6 Ke5 21.Kh5 Kf5 22.Nc2 Bd6 23. Nd4+ Ke4 24.Ne2 c2 25.g6 Ba3 26.g7 Kd3 27.g8Q Kxe2 28.Qa2! Black resigned.

In order to draw Black has to bring his King towards the passed pawns.

14.g4 Kf6

15.g5+ Kf5!

16.Nc2 Ba7

17.Ne3+ Kg6

18.Ke2 Kh5

19.Ng2 Bb8

19... Bf2? 20.Kxf2 c2 21.Kg3Kg6 22.Nf4+ Kg7 23.Ne2 +--;

20.Kd3 Bg3

21.Kxc3 Bxh4

DRAW.

Gens Una Sumas.


Gerard O'Reilly wins in August
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