PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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27/10/2002

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 and Henryk Kalafut.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 260

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/b7/P7/3Bk3/2K1P3/8/8/8 w:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 259

Jose Capablanca, (1888-1942).

World Champion 1921-1927. Born in Cuba, Havana. His first golden period began after the 1914 St Petersburg Tournament and lasted until 1924. During this ten year period he lost only one competitive game, a record which probably will never be broken. Capablanca had a clear classical style and faultless positional judgement. His skill in the endgame was unrivalled. It was during this period that he became known as the chess machine, a reference to his near invincibility.

 

Ed Lasker vs Capablanca

New York, 1915

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:1k5r/1p3ppp/4p3/N2b4/8/1P3P2/P5PP/2R3K1:

Capablanca has just swapped off most of the pieces to reach this favourable ending. His plan is to simplify the position to a K+P ending, leaving his opponent with a worthless pawn majority on the queenside against his active majority on the kingside. While White is taking care of this majority, Black will advance on the queenside. His opponent will be hard pushed to stop the creation of a winning passed b-pawn.

1. ... Rc8!

2.Rxc8+ ...

Perhaps the best practical chance of survival is to lose the c-pawn and go for the Rook ending: 2.Rd1 b6 3.Nc4 Bxc4 4.bxc4 Rxc4 4.Rd7 Rc7 5.Rd8+ Kg2 and I doubt if White can save the ending.

2. ... Kxc8

3.Kf2 Kc7

4.Ke3 Kb6

5.Nc4+ Bxc4

6.bxc4 Kc5!

Capablanca reaches his goal. He considered this pawn ending a long way back before all the exchanges. There is an amazing coincidence here. In 1913, on October 17th, Capablanca gave a simultaneous display at the Divan, London and Edward Lasker was one of his opponents. This simultaneous game is very famous because it contains a dubious Queen sacrifice by the future world champion. But the real point is, the game came down to a near identical pawn ending as the one considered. Capa won the ending after Lasker overlooked a simple drawing sequence.

7.Kd3 e5

8.g4 ...

White stops the f-pawn going to f5;

8... f6

9.h4 g6

10.Ke4 ...

10.Kc3 f5! 11.a3 e4 12.fxe4 fxg4! 13.Kd3 g3 14.Ke3 Kxc4 14.Kf3 Kd4 16.Kxg3 Kxe4 and Black wins.

10. ... Kd6!

10...Kxc4? 11.g5 fxg5 12.hxg5 Kb4 13.Kxe5 Ka3 14.Kf6 Kxa2 15.Kg7 b5 16.f4! b4 17.f5 gxf5 18.Kxh7 b3 19.g6 b2 20.g7=;

11.f4 exf4

12.Kxf4 Kc5

White is lost, he cannot stop the creation of a passed pawn.

13.h5 Kxc4

14.Ke4 b5

15.a3 Kb3

White Resigns.

Gens Una Sumas. 
Henryk Kalafut wins in September.

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