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05/01/2003

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 Antonio Senatore.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 269

Black to Play and WIN 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/8/7p/2k2pp1/bpp5/4PPP1/1P1K2P1/5B2:  

This is the 1st position of the 2003  Cumulative Competition.

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 268

Alexi Troitzky, (1866-1942).

Russian/Soviet Endgame Composer. He is regarded as the greatest exponent of the art of the modern endgame study composition. In 1910 he wrote an important article, published in the St Petersburg paper "Niva" in which he laid down the principles for the composing of studies. Much of what he said then remains valid to the present day. He has over 1000 studies to his credit.

 

White to play and WIN

A. Troitzky, 1928

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/2p1q3/p3P3/2P4p/1PBP2kP/2N3P1/7K/8:

In Capablanca's Last Chess Lecture's published after his death in 1942 he makes particular mention of endgame composers and especially the work of Rinck and Troitzky. He illustrated the talent of Troitzky by including the above study in his last written work.

White has two minor pieces and three pawns for the Queen. In such positions the side with the Queen usually has the edge but here the Black King is in great danger because he is surrounded by the White pieces.

1.Be2+ Kf5

The Knight now joins the attack but Black in return wins the passed e-pawn.

2.Nd5! Qxe6

2...Qg7 3.e7;

2...Qe8 3.Bd3+ Kg4 4.Nxc7;

3.Bd3+ ...

3... Kg4

The King is forced back into its shell where he is a prisoner.

4.Be4! ...

A beautiful move. The threat is 5.Ne3 mate. The capture of the Bishop is poison because of the Knight fork at f6.

4... Qh6!

5.Nf4! ...

The threat is Kg2 followed by Nd3 and then Nf2 mate.

5... Qg7

Black is in Zugswang.

6.Nd3 Qxd4

The only reasonable move. Notice how the Knight guards the important squares.

7.c6 a5!

Black sets a trap. If the pawn is taken then he draws with 8...Qb2+, 9.Nxb2 Stalemate.

8.b5! a4

9.b6 ...

If ...Qxb6 10.Ne5 mate.

White wins.

Capablanca: "These endings are the greatest value, not only because of their beautiful variations, but because they frequently contain positions which might easily arise in over-the-board-play."

Gens Una Sumas. 


The winners of the 2002 cumulative competition:

1. Antonio Senatore - Argentina

2. Henryk Kalafut - USA

3. Gerald O'Reilly - England

4. Jim Monaghan - Canada

Congratulations.

For Intermediate Solvers

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Closes: 12/01/03 24:00 GMT.


Jim Monaghan wins in December.

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  COMPETITIONS for 2003

1. Cumulative 2003 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 5/1/2003 to 22/12/2003 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.


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