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24/11/2002

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 264

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:5rk1/p3n1p1/B3p2p/3bP3/P2N4/8/6PP/4R1K1:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 263

Pal Benko, (1928-)

International Grandmaster and Endgame Composer. Although born in France he grew up in Hungary and won the national championship at the age of 20. In 1956 he left Hungary and settled in the USA where he was very successful as a player, winning many Open Tournaments. In 1959 he became a World Championship Candidate and again in 1962 at Curacao. He made an important contribution to opening theory with his book: The Benko Gambit (1973). He is an expert endgame composer and has won many prizes.

 

P. Benko, 1980

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/7p/p7/8/8/1k1K2P1/p5P1/5R2:

White has to deal with Black's passed a-pawn which is extremely dangerous. The winning plan is to sacrifice the Rook at "a1" and seal in Black's King. But first some preliminary manouevring is needed to make Black lose a tempo.

1.g4! Kb2

2.Rf2+! ...

Sacrificing the Rook in the corner doesn't work here: 2.Ra1? Kxa1 3.Kc2 h6 4.Kc1 (if 4.g3 a5 5.Kc1 a4 6.Kc2 a3 7.g5 hxg5 8.g4 stalemate) 4...a5 5.Kc2 a4 6.Kc1 h5 7.g5 h4 8.g6 h3 9.gxh3 a3 10.h4 stalemate;

2... Kb3

2...Kb1? 3.Kc3 a1Q+ 4.Kb3Wins;

3.Rf6! a5

4.Rf1 Kb2

5.Ra1! ...

This sacrifice now works because Black has lost a tempo in this main line when compared with the subvariant to White's 2nd move.

5... Kxa1

5...h6 6.Kd2 a4 (6...Kxa1 7.Kc1! transposes to the main line) 7.Kd1 a3 (7...Kxa1 8.Kc2!+-) 8.g3 h5 9.g5 h4 10.g6 h3 11.g7 h2 12.Rxa2+ Kxa2 13.g8Q+ wins;

6.Kc2 h6!

6...a4 7.g5 a3 8.g3 h5 9.g6 h4 10.g7 h3 11.g8Q h2 12.Qg7 mate;

7.Kc1 h5!

7...a4 8.Kc2 a3 9.g3 h5 10.g5 h4 11.g6 h3 12.g7 h2 13.g8Q h1Q 14.Qg7mate;

8.g5 h4

9.g6 h3

10.gxh3 a4

11.g7 a3

12.Kd2! ....

White gives the King limited freedom to avoid stalemate.

12... Kb2

Both sides queen their respective passed pawns but it is White who has the more active Queen.

13.g8Q a1Q 14.Qg7+ Ka2 15.Qf7+ Kb2 16 Qb7+! Ka2 17.Qd5+ Kb2 18.Qb5+ Ka2 19.Qc4+ Kb2 20.Qc2 mate.

Pal Benko is a special guest at The Curacao 1962-2002 chess tournament being held November 16th-28th 2002. The tournament commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Candidates tournament in 1962. Viktor Korchnoi, Yuri Averbach are also included among the guests. The tournament is 9 rounds and has a maximum of 120 players. (http://www.curacao.com/chess)

 

Gens Una Sumas. 
Olivier Scalbert wins in October.

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