PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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30/03/2003

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 281

Black to Play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:5k2/pp3pp1/4rn1p/3p3P/3P4/6N1/PP2BK2/3N4 b - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 280

Lev Olmutsky, (1936- ).

Soviet Endgame Composer.

White to Play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/8/8/k7/8/2R4R/1p1p3K/8 w - - 0 1:

The two passsed pawns on the 7th rank offer a serious challenge to White. By a series of checks he places his Rooks behind the pawns but he cannot prevent one of them from promoting. He manoeuvres the Rooks out of the reach of the new Queen and launches a winning attack.

1.Ra3+ Kb4

2.Rab3+ Kc4

2...Ka4 loses to 3.Rbg3!! b1Q (3...d1Q 4.Rh4+ Kb5 5.Rg5+ Kc6 6.Rh6+ Kd7 7.Rg7+ wins) 4.Rh4+ Kb5 (if 4...Qb4 5.Rxb4+ Kxb4 6.Rd3 wins ) 5.Rg5+ Kc6 6.Rh6+ Kd7 7.Rg7+ wins;

3.Rhc3+ Kd4

4.Rd3+ Kc4

5.Rbc3+! Kb4

White has in his sight a winning manoeuvre with the Rooks even though Black gets a new Queen.

6.Rc7! b1Q

7.Rd8!! ...

7.Rb7+?? Kc4 8.Rxb1 Kxd3=;

This is the key position. White threatens mate in two moves There is no useful defence.

7... Qe4

7...d1Q 8.Rb8+ Ka3 9.Ra7+ Qa4 10.Rxa4+ Kxa4 11.Rxb1 wins;

7...Qf5 8.Rb8+! Qb5 9.Rxb5+ Kxb5 10.Rd7 wins;

7...Qg6 8.Rb8+! Ka5 9.Ra7+ Qa6 10.Rxa6+ Kxa6 11.Rd8 wins;

7...Qf1 8.Rb8+! Qb5 9.Rxb5+ Kxb5 10.Rd7 wins;

7...Qd1 8.Rb8+! Ka3 9.Ra7+ Qa4 10.Rxa4+ Kxa4 11.Rd8 wins;

8.Rb8+ Ka3

9.Ra7+ Qa4

10.Rxa4+ Kxa4

11.Rd8 WINS.

Not too difficult to solve. Worth remembering and trying out on your chess friends !!

Gens Una Sumas. 
Jim Monaghan wins in February.

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