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08/12/2002

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 266

White to play and WIN

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 265

Alexander Herbstman, (1900-82).

Soviet Study Composer and Author. He has over 300 compositions to his credit and has won many prizes. In December 1979 he emigrated to Sweden, where he died, after a long and distinguished career.

Herbstman, 1945

Shakhmaty v SSSR

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:2n5/7B/6p1/3K3k/7N/8/5P2/8:

White has a material advantage but his pieces are awkardly placed at the edge of the board. Black sees how he can win back a piece by capturing the cornered Bishop, but by doing so, he falls into a deadly trap. He is not given a chance to seek a theoretical draw by swapping off the last set of pawns.

1.Nf3 Kh6

1...Nb6+ 2.Ke6 Kh6 3.Bg8 Kg7 4.Bf7 Na4 5.Ne5 Nc5+ 6.Kd5 Kf6 7.f4 +--;

1... Kg4 2. Ne5+ wins the g-pawn;

2.Bg8 Ne7+

3.Ke6 Nxg8

Black has won the trapped Bishop but there is a terrible price to pay.

4.Kf7 Kh7?!

Black decides to hold on to the Knight.

The idea of giving up the Knight and pushing the g-pawn only just loses. It is an interesting line because White is forced to guard his precious f-pawn by eventually playing the Knight to h1 !!

The Knight manoeuvre is memorable:

4...g5 5.Kxg8 g4 6.Ng1 (6.Nh4? Kg5 7.Ng2 Kg6 8.Kf8 Kf6 9.Ke8 Ke5 10.Ke7 Ke4 11.Ne1 g3 12.fxg3 Kf5! and draw) Kg6 7.Kh8 Kh6 8.Ne2! Kg6 9.Ng3! Kh6 10.Nh1!! (A wonderful conception)10... Kg6 11.Kg8 Kf6 12.Kh7 Kg5 13.Kg7 Kf5 14.Kh6 Kf4 15.Kg6 Ke4 16.Kg5 Kf3 17.Kf5 Wins the g-pawn and the game;

5.Ng5+ Kh8

5...Kh6 6.f4! Kh5 7.Kxg8 Kg4 8.Ne6! Kf5 9.Kf7 with a win.

6.f3! ...

This move takes away the 'g4' square for the Black Knight.

6...Nh6+

7.Kxg6 Ng8

The Knight is forced back and White delivers a nice smothered mate.

8.Nf7 Mate.

Gens Una Sumas. 
Antonio Senatore wins in November.

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