PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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11/05/2003

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, Federico Giallombardo, Jon Palmer, Henryk Kalafut, Gerard O' Reilly and Alexander Voyna.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 286

White to Play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION

:N3kb2/pq4p1/4B1P1/1p1P2B1/p7/3P4/2P5/2K5 w - - 0 1:

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 LAST WEEK, POSITION 285

Vasily Smyslov, (1921- ).

Soviet International Grandmaster. World Champion 1957-8. The great surprise of the 1948 World Championship was that Smyslov came second after Botvinnik. His was the first new face on the world chess scene after the Second World War and he was to be a prominent force for several decades. In his endgame play, Smyslov comes close to Capablanca and Rubinstein. To Smyslov both music and chess follow the intangible rules of beauty and harmony. Chess to him was more than a sport or a science but supremely an expression of art.

Smyslov vs Euwe,

World Championship

Hague/Moscow 1948

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/1b2k3/pn1pB1p1/BpbPp1P1/4P3/1P4K1/P1N5/8 w - - 0 1:

White has the better placed minor pieces. Black's light squared Bishop is bad and plays no part in the ending. Smyslov gains two powerful passed pawns and his King is well placed to support them. Black's queenside pawn majority poses no problem. The following are the actual moves played in the game

1.b4! Nc4

1...Na4!? is worth considering as Black gains two pawns for the Bishop: 2.bxc5 Nxc5 3.Nb4 Nxe6 4.dxe6 Bxe4 5.Nxa6 Bd5 6.Nc7 Bxa2 7.Bb4 Bc4 and the win is much more difficult for White.

2.bxc5 Nxa5

3.cxd6+ Kxd6

White now wins the g-pawn and thus creates a very powerful passed pawn.

4.Bf7 Nc4

5.Bxg6 a5

Black seeks counterplay with his queenside majority. If 5...Ke7 6.Kg4 Nd6 7.Ne3 Kf8 8.Kh5 and Black is lost.

6.Kg4 b4

7.Bf5 ...

The Bishop makes way for the g-pawn to advance. Notice how its counterpart is just dead wood.

7... Ke7

8.Be6 Nd6!

9.Ne3 ...

9.g6 Kf6 10.Kh5 Nxe4 11.Kh6 Nd6 12.g7 Nf5+ 13.Bxf5 Bxd5 14.Ne3 Bxa2 15.Be4Bf7 16.Bd5 winning.

9... Nxe4

9...a4 10.Nf5+ Nxf5 11.exf5 b3 12.f6+ Kd6 13.f7 wins.

10.Kf5 Nd6+

11.Kxe5 Nf7+

12.Kf4! Nd8

13.Nf5+ Kf8

14.g6 Nxe6+

15.dxe6 a4

16.Ke5 Resigns

For if 16...b3 17.e7+ Ke8 18.Kd6 bxa2 19.Ng7 mate.

Smyslov: "A Knowledge of the endgame is the magic key to the secrets of chess mastery."

Gens Una Sumas. 
Alexander Voyna, Antonio Senatore and Henryk Kalafut win in April.

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  COMPETITIONS for 2003

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