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10/11/2002

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 262

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/7p/8/p6p/2k1NP1P/4K3/b7/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 261

Tigran Gorgiev, (1910-1976).

Soviet Endgame Composer. Started his chess career as a player and then switched to composing studies after being attracted to a Kubbel study in the 1925 Moscow international tourney. In 1959 he wrote Izbrannye etyudy, a selection of his best studies, many of which have become classics.

 

Gorgiev, 1952

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:K1B5/2P1R3/8/1r6/1n6/6r1/8/2k5:

The following study is highly rated because it contains a number of fine tactical ideas which makes the play fascinating. White is a Rook down but has a pawn on the 7th rank. Black is threatening to mate with his two Rooks so White's first move is not difficult to find.

1.Ba6! ...

1.Re1+? Kd2 2.Ba6 Nxa6 3.c8Q Nc7+! 4.Qxc7 Ra3+ 5.Qa7 Rxa7+ 6.Kxa7 Kxe1 wins;

1... Rg8+

White's reply is forced.

2.c8Q+ Rxc8+

3.Bxc8 Nc6

Black threatens mate with Rb8 or winning the Rook with Nxe7;

4.Re1+! Kd2!

Black must attack the Rook if he is to have any chance of winning. 4... Kb2 5. Bb7 Ra5+ 6. Ba6 Rxa6+ 7.Kb7=;

5.Re2+! Kd1!

5...Kxe2 6.Ba6! and the Rook is pinned.

6.Bb7 ...

White stops the mate threat.

6... Ra5+

7.Ba6 Rxa6+

8.Kb7 ...

9...Nb4 9.Rh2 with a theoretical draw of K+R vs K+R+N;

8... Ra7+

9.Kc8! ...

If 9.Kxc6 or 9.Kb6, 9 ...Kxe2 wins

9... Ra8+

10.Kb7 Rb8+

11.Ka6! Kxe2

Stalemate!

If 11...Nb4+ 12.Ka7 Nc6 13.Ka6 =;

Gens Una Sumas. 
Olivier Scalbert wins in October.

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