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12/01/2003

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, Jon Palmer, Henryk Kalafut, Alexander Voyna, Gerald O'Reilly and Jim Monaghan .
THIS WEEK

POSITION 270

White to Play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:k1r5/B7/5p2/2p5/2p5/2K5/4B3/5N2:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 269

Ludeck Pachman, (1924- ).

Czech Grandmaster and Author. Represented his country in the Olympiads from 1952-1966. A well known writer and top theoretician of the opening and middlegame phases of the game. He was arrested and imprisoned for his political activities during the "Prague spring" of 1968. He was later allowed to leave for West Germany and he represented them in the 1976 Olympiad.

Novak vs Pachman

Solingen 1968  

Black to Play and WIN 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

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

Black has a winning positional advantage. He has greater space and more mobility than his opponent who is passively placed. He has a mobile queenside majority which will enable him to obtain a dangerous passed pawn. White's majority is crippled by the doubled g-pawns.

1... Bb5!

Threatening ..c3+, winning the Bishop.

2.Kc2 ...

The King is forced away from protecting its e3 pawn.

2... h5

Black is going to fix the rear White g-pawn as a weakness. The King will eventually invade on the dark squares.

3.Be2 h4!

4.gxh4 ...

Playing 4.f4 is no help because after 4... gxf4 5.gxh4 fxe3 is winning;

4... gxh4

5.Bf1 f4!

The point of Black's previous play. By sacrificing the f-pawn he gains access to the Kingside along the weakened dark squares.

6.exf4 ...

6. Kd2? c3+! Wins;

6... Bd7!

Stopping any counterplay based on the possible advance of the f-pawn.

7.Kd2 Kd4

8.Be2 c3+

9.bxc3+ bxc3+

10.Kc1 Bf5

10... Ke3 11.Bc4 Kf2 is slightly quicker;

11.Bb5 Ke3

12.Bc6 Kf2

13.Be4 Bxe4

14.fxe4 Kxg2  

 White Resigns.

This ending is a wonderful example of the principle of two weaknesses. The first weakness in White's position was his queenside where his opponent was always threatening to obtain a powerful passed pawn. In order to win Black had to open up another front on the opposite wing. Black cleverly fixed the enemy g-pawn and then attacked and won it with his King.

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.

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


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  COMPETITIONS for 2003

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