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09/03/2003

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 278

White to Play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:knb5/3N4/2PP4/3B4/8/K5p1/6Rp/1r6 w - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 277

A.R.B. Thomas, (1905-1985).

British player of Master Strength. A keen gifted amateur, Andrew Thomas was for many years a mathematics teacher at Blundell's School in Devon. In 1937 he won a small international tournament in Worcester and on this achievement he was invited to play in the Hastings Premier Tournament of that year. By his own admission his chess was not equal to the likes of Flohr, Reshevsky, Keres and Fine, his Hasting opponents,but he later had a lot of success in the local scene. After 1948 he was champion or co-champion of the West of England eight times. His deep affection for the game came across in a book he wrote in 1973 called Chess for the Love of It.

Thomas vs Najdorf

Margate, 1938

White to Play and WIN

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

When this game was played Najdorf was an up and coming Polish international. It was only later , when war broke out during the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939, that he made Argentina his home.

White has a material and positional advantage. Besides the extra protected passed pawn, he has the better minor pieces and the Black pawn on c5 is a ready target.

1.Kb5! Bd8

Black cannot keep the Bishop guarding the weak c-pawn: 1...Ba7? 2.Ba5 Kd7 3.Ka6 Bb8 4.Kb7 Bd6 5.Bb5+ Ke7 6.Bc7 and Black is lost.

2.Bc3 ...

White threatens to play the Bishop to a3 via b2 when the c-pawn will fall.

2... Nf2

Black threatens to get the Knight back into active play.

3.Be2! ...

White prevents ...Nd1.

3... g4!

3...Nh1 4.Bb2 Ng3 5.Bd3 Nh5 6.Ba3 Nf6 7.Bxc5+ +-;

Black has no real answer to the Bishop manoeuvre to a3 so he goes for an active defence by giving up the g-pawn. This means he may have the possibility of defending the c-pawn with the Bishop from f2.

4.hxg4! h3

5.gxh3 Nxh3

6.Be1 ...

6.Bb2 was played in the actual game, when 6...Bh4! 7.Bc3 Bd8 lead back to the main line;

6... Ng1

6...Bf6 7.Ba5 Bh4 8.Bb6 Bf2 9.Ba7 Bd4 10.c3! Bxc3 11.Bxc5+ Kc7 12.Ka6 Bd4 13.Bb4 Ng5 14.Bb5 Kc8 15.Be7 Nf7 16.g5! with an easy win.

7.Bd1 Nh3

8.Kc4 ...

Black is in Zugzwang. The Bishop stays on d8 to keep out the White Bishop from entering from a5 or h4;

8... Ng5

The problem with the Knight move is that control of f2 is relinquished.

9.Bf2 Resigned.

Play might have continued: 9... Bb6 10.Kb5 Ba7 11.c4 Nf7 12.Ka6 Bb8 13.Kb6 Bc7+ 14.Kb5 and the c-pawn is lost.  

Gens Una Sumas. 

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