PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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15/12/2002

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.

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Starts: 22/12/02. Closes: 11/01/03 24:00 GMT.


THIS WEEK

POSITION 267

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/n7/Pk6/8/2K5/R7/8/8:


LAST WEEK, POSITION 266

Anatoly Karpov, (1951- )

Soviet Grandmaster, Former FIDE World Champion. Unfortunately Karpov has twice won the FIDE title by default but his results have shown him a great player fitting for a world champion. In his golden period he had a phenomenal streak of wins against the strongest players in the world. Karpov's mastery of the ending is modelled on that of Capablanca, his chess hero.

Karpov vs Korchnoi

Baguio City, 1978

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:4r1k1/2r4p/R1p3p1/4P3/P2B2PP/2P2pK1/5P2/8:

This position comes from the 14th game of their World Championship Match. White has full compensation for the exchange in the form of two powerful passed pawns. Also the Black Rooks cannot cooperate actively. Once the Bishop gets to d6 White has a won game.

1.Bc5! Rcc8

1...h5 2.Kxf3 Rcc8 3.Bd6 Ra8 4.Rxc6 Rxa4 5.gxh5 gxh5 6.c4 +-;

1...Rxe5 allows the fork 2.Bd6;

2.Bd6 Ra8

Black has to get an active Rook but it is too late.

2...Kf7 3.Ra7+ Kg8 4.Kxf3 Ra8 5.Rc7 Rxa4 6.Rxc6 White wins;

3.Rxc6 Rxa4

4.Kxf3 h5

5.gxh5 gxh5

6.c4 ...

It is the advance of the c-pawn that decides the game.

6... Ra2

6...Ra1 7.Kf4 Rh1 8.Kg5 Rg1+ 9.Kf6 Rg4 10.e6 Rxh4 11.Rc5 Rg4 12.e7 h4 13.Rh5 Ra8 14.c5 with a win.

7.Rb6 ...

The Rook moves to make way for the c-pawn.

7... Kf7

8.c5 Ra4

9.c6! Ke6

9...Rxh4 10.c7 Ra4 11.Rb8 Ra8 12.Ke4 Ke6 13.f4 Ra4+ 14.Bb4! Kd7 15.Rxe8 Rxb4+ 16.Kf5 Kxc7 17.Rh8 White wins.

10.c7 Kd7

11.Rb8 Rc8

12.Ke3 ...

12.Rxc8 also wins: 12... Kxc8 13.e6 Rg4 14.e7 Rg8 15.Ke4 Kd7 16.Kd5 Ra8 17.f4 Ra5+ 18.Bc5 Ra8 19.f5 +--;

12... Rxh4

13.e6+! Wins

13...Kxd6 (13...Kxe6 14.Bg3 wins) 14.Rxc8 Rc4 15.Rd8+ Kxc7 16.e7 White wins.

This game was concluded on the Sunday August 20th, the same day that the 13th game finished. Korchnoi had to concede defeat twice that day so it was a red letter day for Karpov. The match had a cliffhanger finish with Karpov winning the 32nd game taking the score to 6-5 to keep his title.

 

Gens Una Sumas. 

Important Notice: The last position for cumulative 2002 will appear on Sunday 22nd December. I am then taking a short break and will be back on Sunday January 5th with the first position of the 2003 cumulative competition.

The winners of the 2002 cumulative competition will be announced early in the New Year.


Antonio Senatore wins in November.

>> CUMULATIVE COMPETITION


  COMPETITIONS for 2002

1. Cumulative 2002 Prizes: 1st £100 or equivalent, 2nd £50, 3rd £30; 4th £20. (Total Prize Money=£200) Entries limited to 20 solvers. This event will run from 6/1/2002 to 22/12/2002 with a recess in July. Present CUMULATIVE COMPETITION rules apply but note the prizes will go to those participants who climb the ladder the greatest number of times during the year. The relative position of the solver's name on the ladder will decide the allocation of prizes.

2. Endgame Solving Tournaments 2002. They will be directed at new or intermediate solvers and will not be too difficult. No money prizes but a book prize for the highest placed newcomer. Events will take place at Easter, Summer and Christmas each consisting of 5 positions to solve. Present strict rules will apply; no computer analysis.


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