PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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06/10/2002

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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore and Henryk Kalafut.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 257

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:1q6/p7/7p/7R/k6B/7B/3K4/8 w:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 256

Eduard Gufeld, (1936-2002).

Soviet Grandmaster. Trainer and Chess Writer. Played in the Soviet Championships 8 times when Soviet chess was at its peak. Became trainer to Maya Chiburdanidze, Lady World Champion. He settled in the United States in his final years where he still enjoyed playing with some success. He was a prolific chess writer. His Exploiting small Advantages, published by Batsford, 1985, was an important contribution to endgame literature.

Gufeld vs Raskin,

Russia, 1976

White to play and WIN

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

In this ending White, with his first move, threatens to gain an important tempo by setting up discovered check. This technique along with the interposing check is often used in these difficult Queen endings in order to make progress.

1.Qg2! Qe1+

1...Qe3+ 2.Kh4+! Kf7 3.Qg3 Qa7 4.Kg5 Qxa4 5.Kh6 Qc4 6.Qg7+ Ke8 7.Kg5 Kd8 8.Qxh7 Qc3 9.Kf6 Qb4 10.Kxe6 Qc4+ 11.Kf6 Qxf4 12.Qxf5 with a win;

1...Qd4 2.Kh4+ Kf7 3.Qg5 Qf2+ 4.Kh5 Qf3+ 5.Kh6 Qb3 6.a5 Qc4 7.Qf6+ Ke8 8.Kg7 Qc7+ 9.Kg8 Qc4 10.Qf8+ Kd7 11.Qd6+ Kc8 12.a6 with a win;

1...Qd8 2.Qb7+ Kg6 3.Qa6 Kh5! 4.Qc6 Qh4+ 5.Kg2 Qd8 6.Qc3 Kg6 7.a5 h5 8.Qc4! Qd2+ 9.Kf3 Qd1+ 10.Ke3 Qe1+ 11.Kd3 Kf7 12.a6 Qb1+ 13.Kc3 Qb6 14.Qd3! Kg6 15 Qd6 Qa5+ 16.Kc4 Qa4+ 17.Kc5 and White makes progress.

2.Kh2+ Kf7

3.Qb7+ Kg6

4.Qc6! ...

This quiet move decides Black's fate.

4... Kf7

4...Qe3 5.Qxe6+ and White wins;

5.Qd7+ Kf8

White wins the e-pawn with check.

6.Qd8+ Kf7

7.Qf6+ Kg8

8.Qxe6+ Kg7

9.Qf6+ Kg8

10.Qg5+ Kh8

11.Qd8+ Kg7

12.Qd4! WINS. 

Gens Una Sumas.


Henryk Kalafut wins in September.

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