PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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09/02/2003

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, Olivier Scalbert, Gerald O'Reilly and Jim Monaghan .
THIS WEEK

POSITION 274

White to Play and WIN 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:3k4/8/4K1P1/8/8/2Rp4/8/5r2 w - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 273

Joseph Blackburne, (1841-1920).

British Grandmaster and Problem Composer. One of the top six players in the world and for many years England's greatest player. He was coached by Bernard Horwitz, the famous endgame expert, who made him an excellent player in this sphere of the game. He became even more renowned for his attacking play and because of this was known as the Black Death. His own career paralleled the increasing popularity of chess in the UK in the 19th century. He had many tournament successes and kept his form even into old age: In his 70s he tied 1st place with F.D.Yates for the British Championship. His influence on the growth of chess in his own country was immense.

Teichmann vs Blackburne

Berlin, 1897

Black to Play and WIN 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/8/2p3k1/6pp/p1p5/P1P2PP1/7K/8 b - - 0 1:  

This ending is famous and often seen in endgame manuals although it has been misquoted a few times. Black has a number of small advantages which lead to a won ending. He has the more active King. The extra c-pawn at c6 is important because it offers a spare tempo which is often vital in K&P endings. Black has to find a way to break into White's position. He needs to create invasion squares and his pawn formation on the kingside leading to the ...h4 push is ideal for this. The winning method of encirclement is very instructive and will repay careful study.

  1... h4!

2.Kh3 ...

2.Kg2 Kf5 3.Kh3 Ke5! 4.Kg4 hxg3 5.Kxg3 Kf5 etc. as in main line;

2.gxh4? gxh4! 3.Kg2 Kf5 4.Kf1 Kf4 5.Kg2 h3+ 6.Kxh3 Kxf3 -+;

2.f4? gxf4! 3.gxh4 Kh5 4.Kh3 c5! -+;

2... hxg3!

3.Kxg3 ...

White can prolong the capture for a few moves: 3.Kg2 Kf6! 4.Kh3 Ke5 5.Kxg3 Kf5! and then it is back to the main line;

3... Kf5!

4.Kf2? ...

A better practical defence is 4.Kg2 but Black still wins because he can gain the opposition with 4... Kf4! 5.Kf2 c5!! 6.Ke2 Kg3! 7.Ke3 Kh3!! (White cannot maintain the distant opposition with 8.Kd3 so Black can carry out the winning by-passing manoeuvre.) 8.Kf2(d2) Kh2!! 9.Ke3 Kg1! 10.Ke2 Kg2 11.Ke3 Kf1 and Black wins as shown in the main line.

4... Kf4!

5.Ke2 Kg3!

6.Ke3 c5!

7.Ke2 Kg2!

White resigned here. Play might have continued: 8.Ke3 Kf1! 9.Ke4 Ke2 10.Kf5 Kxf3 11.Kxg5 Ke4 12.Kg4 Kd3 13.Kf3 Kxc3 14.Ke3 Kb2 WINS.

Gens Una Sumas. 


Antonio Senatore, Henryk Kalafut, Alexander Voyna and Gerald O'Reilly win in January.

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