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23/02/2003

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, Gerald O'Reilly and Jim Monaghan .
THIS WEEK

POSITION 276

White to Play and DRAW 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:b4rkB/K7/p5P1/8/1p2B3/1P6/8/8 w - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 275

Alexei Shirov, (1972- ).

International Grandmaster. World Championship Candidate. Born in Latvia but now living in Spain. In 1998 Shirov beat Kramnik (+2-0=7) in a match to find a challenger to Kasparov for the World Chess Council title. The WCC title match was cancelled at the last momemt due to a lack of sponsorship and funding.

Mitkov vs Shirov

French League, 1994

Black to Play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/8/8/3p1p2/3Pp2p/P4k1P/1P3P2/4K3 b - - 0 1:

This pawn ending turns into a race to see which side promotes first. Both sides are neck and neck but Black has a winning advantage in the emerging Queen ending because of the possiblity of promoting his advanced f-pawn.

1... Kg2!

2.b4 f4!

The f and e-pawns have now become very dangerous. The threat is 3... f3 followed by 4... e3 and Black will gain a new Queen quickly.

3.Ke2! ...

3.b5? f3 4.b6 e3! 5.b7 exf2+ 6.Kd2 f1=Q 7.b8=Q Qe2+ 8.Kc3 Qc4+ 9.Kd2 Qxd4+ -+;

3. ... f3+

4.Ke3 ...

The King has taken care of the immediate threat but now finds itself out of position to blockade the advance of the h-pawn.

4... Kxh3

5.b5 Kg2

6.b6 h3

7.b7 h2

8.b8Q h1Q

Black has the advantage in the Queen ending because of the weakness at f2.

9.Qg8+ Kf1

10.Qxd5 Qh6+

11.Kxe4 Qh4+

12.Kd3 Qxf2!

This is better then 12... Kxf2 which was played in the actual game and which Shirov won after a long struggle. The complete game with Shirov's own analysis on the move 12...Kxf2 can be found in his brilliant Fire on Board (Cadogan 1997).

13. Qg5! ...

13.a4 Qg3! 14.Qe4 Kg1 15.Qe3+ Kg2 16.Qe4 Kh2 17.d5 f2+ 18.Ke2 Qg2 19.Qh4+ Kg1 20.Qd4 Qf1+ 21.Kd2 Qe1+ 22.Kc2 Qe2+ 23.Kc1 Qf3 24.d6 Kg2 25.Qg7+ Qg3 26.Qb2 Qe3+ 27.Kb1 Kf3! and Black wins.

13...Qe2+ 14.Kc3 f2 15.d5 Black has a choice here in winning ways but the most logical seems to be 15...Qf3+ 16.Kd2 Qxa3 17.Qh5 Kg2 18.Qg4+ Qg3 19.Qe4+ Qf3 20.Qg6+ Kh2 21. Qh6+ Qh3! 22. Qf4+ Qg3 23.Qc4 Qf3 24.Qf1 Kg3 25.d6 Qb3 26.d7 Qb2+ 27.Ke3 Qc3+ 28.Ke2 Qc4+ WINS.

Gens Una Sumas. 

Christmas Endgame Competition

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