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13/10/2002

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, Olivier Scalbert and Henryk Kalafut.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 258

White to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:4b1k1/1p3p2/4pPp1/p2pP1P1/P2P4/1P1B4/8/2K5: 
LAST WEEK, POSITION 257

Henri Rinck, (1870-1952).

French Endgame Composer. He settled in Spain in 1910 and remained there for the rest of his life. He is highly regarded and is looked upon as one of the founders of modern endgame composing. Author of 1414 Fins de Parties (1952) which contains all his best studies.

Rinck, 1929

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:1q6/p7/7p/7R/k6B/7B/3K4/8:

The theme in this study is of the powerless Queen. The Queen is only a bystander and cannot do anything to change the situation of her doomed partner. The weaker pieces dominate the Queen and drive the Black Monarch into a mating net.

1.Bd7+ Kb4

1...Ka3 2.Be7+ Ka2 3.Ra5+ Kb1 4.Bf5+ Kb2 5.Bf6+ Kb3 6.Be6+ Kb4 7.Bc3mate;

2.Be7+ Kc4

The Bishops work together beautifully.

3.Be6+ Kd4

4.Bf6+ ...

4.Bc5+? Ke4 5.Bd5+ Kf4 6.Be3+ Kg4 7.Rxh6 Qd8 8.Rg6+ Kf5 9.Rg5+ Qxg5 10.Bxg5 Kxg5=;

4... Ke4

5.Ke2! ...

This quiet move, blocking the escape of the King, can be played because White's army dominates the Black Queen. Black is now in zugzwang.

5... Kf4

5...Qd6 6.Rh4+ Qf4 7.Rxf4+ wins; 5...Qg3 6.Bd5+ Kf4 7.Be5+ wins;

6.Rh4+ Kg3

7.Rg4+ Kh2

7...Kh3 8.Kf2! Qb6+ 9.Rd4+ Kh2 10.Be5+ Kh1 11.Bd5mate;

8.Kf2! Qb6+

9.Bd4 Qxe6

9...Qd8 10.Be5+ Kh1 11.Rg1mate;

10.Rh4+ Qh3

11.Be5+ Kh1

12.Rxh3Mate. 

Gens Una Sumas.


Henryk Kalafut wins in September.

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