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26/01/2003

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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 272

White to Play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:6B1/8/1P6/2p1r1p1/K5k1/3P4/8/8 w - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 271

Efim Bogoljubow, (1889-1952).

Soviet/German Grandmaster. World Championship Candidate. Born in the Ukraine but became a German citizen in 1927. In the 1920s he became one of the strongest players in the world, winning both the Soviet championship and the German Open in 1924. He won the Soviet championship again in 1925 and scored his finest achievement by winning the Moscow International tournament ahead of Lasker, Capablanca and Rubinstein. His optimistic attacking style was ideal for tournament chess but was less successful in match play. He played Alekhine in two World Championship matches (1929, 1934) but lost each time. He contributed to the hypermodern movement with the invention of the Bogo-Indian defence.

Bogoljubow vs Mieses

Baden-Baden, 1925 

White to Play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:r2r2k1/p2b2pp/Q3p3/1p1pPp1q/5P2/2P1P3/P4PBP/3R2RK:

White plays a beautiful combination which leads to a won ending. Although Black gets three pieces for his Queen, his weak pawns and uncoordinated forces are no match for the powerful White Queen and the advancing pawns. It is possible that Mieses allowed this combination thinking that the resulting ending was not dangerous for him, but the Russian champion had seen deeply into the position. It is one of the great classics of the 20th century.

1.Bxd5! exd5

1...Rac8 2.Bxe6+ Bxe6 3.Qxe6+ Kh8 4.Rxd8+ Rxd8 5.Qc6 with a win;

2.Rxg7+! Kxg7

2...Kh8 3.Qf6! Rf8 (3...Qxd1+ 4.Rg1 mate) 4.Rf7+ Kg8 5.Qg7 mate;

3.Qf6+! Kg8

4.Rg1+ ...

Black is now forced to give up his Queen.

4... Qg4

4... Qg6 is no better, eg 5.Rxg6+ hxg6 6.Qxg6+ Kh8 7.Qf6+ Kg8 8.e6 Bc6 9.f3 Rf8 10.Qg6+ Kh8 11.e7 Rfc8 12.Qxf5 and the White pawns supported by the Queen will decide the game.

5.Rxg4+ fxg4

6.f5! ....

Now the point of the combination becomes clear. The passed pawns backed up by the Queen will prove stronger than Black's forces.

6... Rdc8

6... Rf8 is slightly better but White is still winning after 7.Qg5+ Kf7 (7... Kh8 8.e6 Bxe6 9.fxe6 Rae8 10.Qxd5 Rf6 11.Qxb5 Rexe6 12.Qb8+ Kg7 13.Qxa7+ Kg6 14.Qd7 winning) 8.Qh5+! Kg7 9.Qxg4+ Kf7 10.e6+ +--;

7.e6 Bc6

8.Qf7+ Kh8

9.f6 ...

The passed pawns have become monsters.

9... Rg8

10.Qc7! Rac8

11.Qe5! d4+

12.Kg1 Bd5

12...h6 13.f7+ Kh7 14.fxg8Q+ Kxg8 15.e7 Re8 16.Qe6+ Kg7 17.Qxc6 +--;

13.f7+ Rg7

14.Qxd5 WINS.

This ending shows the superb talent of Bogoljubow at his best.

Gens Una Sumas. 


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1. Antonio Senatore - Argentina

2. Henryk Kalafut - USA

3. Gerald O'Reilly - England

4. Jim Monaghan - Canada

Congratulations.


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