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20/10/2002

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 Jim Monaghan, Antonio Senatore, Olivier Scalbert and Henryk Kalafut.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 259

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:1k5r/1p3ppp/4p3/N2b4/8/1P3P2/P5PP/2R3K1:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 258

Yakov Estrin, (1923-87).

Soviet Player and Author. World Correspondence Champion 1972-5. Co-author with Panov of a popular opening treatise called in the West: Comprehensive Chess Openings, (Pergamon, 1980).

Estrin vs Ivashin

Correspondence, 1947

White to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:4b1k1/1p3p2/4pPp1/p2pP1P1/P2P4/1P1B4/8/2K5: 

Although material is equal White has a big positional advantage. Black has a Bishop which is obstructed by its own pawns and his position suffers a colour weakness on the dark squares. The Black King has to stay near the f7 square to guard against the tactical trick Bxg6 and the push of the f-pawn. This means he has difficulty stopping the breakthrough on the queenside which White starts with a temporary pawn sacrifice.

1.b4! axb4

1...Bxa4 2.bxa5 Kf8 3.Kb2 Ke8 4.Ka3 Bd1 5.Bb5+ Kd8 6.Kb4 Bc2 7.Kc5 Bb3! 8.Kb6 Bc4 9.Bxc4 dxc4 10.Kxb7 c3 11.a6 c2 12.a7 c1Q 13.a8Q+ Kd7 14.Qa4+ Kd8 15.Qa5+ Ke8 16.Qc5! White wins;

1...b6 2.bxa5 bxa5 3.Bb5 Kf8 4.Kb2 Bxb5 5.axb5 Ke8 6.Ka3 Kd7 7.Ka4 White wins;

2.Bc2! Bc6

3.Kb2 b6

4.Kb3 Kf8

5.Kxb4 Ke8

Black has no answer to the breakthrough of the enemy King.

5...Bd7 6.a5 bxa5+ 7.Kxa5 Ke8 8.Kb6 Kd8 9.Kc5 Ke8 10.Kd6 Bc8 11.Bd3 Bd7

12.Bxg6! Bc8 13.Bxf7+ Kxf7 14.g6+ Kxg6 15.Ke7 White wins;

6.a5! ...

In the game Black resigned here. A possible continuation is:

6... bxa5+

7.Kxa5 Kd8

8.Kb6 Be8

8...Bc8 9.Kc7 Ba6 10.Kd6! Be2 11.Bxg6! wins;

9.Kc5! Kc7

10.Bd3! ...

Black is in zugzwang.

10... Kd8

11.Kd6! Ba4

12.Bxg6! Wins

Gens Una Sumas. 
Henryk Kalafut wins in September.

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