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02/03/2003

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 277

White to Play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION :8/8/1b1k4/2pPp1p1/K1B1Pp1p/5P1P/2P3P1/4B2n w - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 276

L. Zoltan, (1942-).

Hungarian Endgame Composer. Limited his composing power to a few studies but these were of a high standard and he often won prizes.

L. Zoltan, 1965

White to Play and DRAW 

FORSYTH NOTATION

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

This is a difficult ending but its secret lies in understanding the White King play after the exchanges at a8.

Both of the White's Bishops are attacked and he has a material deficiency.

1.g7! ...

1.Bxa8?? Rxa8+ 2.Kxa8 Kxh8 and Black will win by pushing the a-pawn.

1... Re8

1...Rd8 2.Bxa8 Rxa8+ 3.Kb7! transposes into the main line.

2.Bxa8 Rxa8+

3.Kb7!! ...

White delays taking the Rook by triangulating with his King. The reason for doing this can be seen in the following variation: 3.Kxa8? a5! 4.Ka7 ( White loses in this variation because his King has to move and thereby hinders the later a-pawn advance to the 7th row.) 4... a4 5.bxa4 b3 6.a5 b2 7.a6 b1Q 8.Ka8 Qf5 9.Kb7 Qb5+ 10.Ka7 Qc6 11.Kb8 Qxa6 and Black wins.

3... Ra7+

Black cannot win this ending by moving the Rook away. 3...Re8 4.Kxa6 Re3 5.Kb5 Rxb3 6.Kc4 Rb1 7.Kb5 b3 8.Kb4 b2 9.Kb3 =; The King can never enter the battle because g8 has to be covered.

Also 3...a5? no longer wins now: 4.Kxa8 a4 5.bxa4 b3 6.a5 b2 7. a6 b1Q 8.a7 Kf7 9. g8Q+ Kxg8 10. Bd4 Kf7 11. Bb6 Ke6 12. Kb7! =;

4.Kxa7 a5

5.Ka8!! ...

A brilliant move. The King vacates the a7 square for his forthcoming a-pawn.

5... a4

6.bxa4 b3

7.a5 b2

8.a6 b1Q

9.a7 Qe4+

10.Kb8 Qe8+

11.Kb7 Qd7+

12.Kb8 Qb5+

13.Kc8 Qa6+

14.Kb8 Qb6+

15.Ka8 Kf7

Black hasn't given up trying to win. He frees his King but White has a drawing resource.

16.g8Q+ Kxg8

17.Be5! Kf7

18.Bc7! ...

The Queen must be driven away.

18... Qb5

18...Qxc7 stalemate.

19.Bb6! ...

Black cannot make any progress, his King is too far away, so

19... Qxb6

stalemate.

A wonderful ending but difficult to comprehend. It is not surprising that it won 1st prize in a study tourney in 1965.

Gens Una Sumas. 

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