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25/05/2003

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

POSITION 288

White to Play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION

:1k3B1r/N7/7P/8/3n4/7K/1b6/8 w - - 0 1:

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 LAST WEEK, POSITION 287

Lajos Steiner, (1903-1975).

Hungarian International Master. At his best he was of grandmaster strength and in later life played a key role in the development of chess in Australia. National Champion of Hungary in 1931, 1936 and played for Hungary in three Olympiads, 1931, 1933, and 1935. Just before the Second World War he emigrated to Australia and became the strongest player there winning the national championship a number of times. His brother was Endre Steiner (1901-1944) who was also a very strong player.

 

L. Steiner vs M. Goldstein

Portsmouth 1923

FORSYTH NOTATION

:2b5/2p2k2/p3p1pr/Pp1pR3/1P1B1PPP/2P3K1/8/8 w - - 0 1:

The game this position is taken from is of some historical interest. It is the first meeting of these young masters who later would both emigrate to Australia and become close friends. In fact they would work as editors on the same Australian chess magazine.

Goldstein went into this ending thinking he could draw because of the level material and opposite-coloured bishops. But his young opponent played cleverly to reach this winning position. Notice how all of Black's pawns end up on light squares so making his Bishop next to useless. White has more space and his pieces are far more active than his opponents. But his key advantage lies in the fact that he can create a powerful passed pawn on the kingside.

 

1.Rg5! ...

White threatens to breakthrough on the kingside.

1... Rh7

To stop the threat of 2.h5 hxg5 3.Rg7+;

2.Be5 c6

3.h5 gxh5

3...Rh6? 4.hxg6+ Rxg6 5.Rh5 Bd7 6.Rh7+ Ke8 7.Rh8+ and White wins;

4.gxh5 ...

White has an ideal ending with the opposing King cut off by the Rook from the h-pawn.

4... Bd7

5.Kh4 Be8

6.Rg6 Kf8

7.Bd6+ Kf7

8.Kg5 Rg7

9.Be5! Rh7

9...Rxg6+ 10.hxg6+ Kf8 11.Kf6 and the White King invades decisively;

10.h6 Ke7

11.Rg8 Kf7

12.Rxe8! Resigned.

A nice finish. After 12...Kxe8 13.Kg6 and Black will have to give up the Rook for the pawn.

 

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

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  COMPETITIONS for 2003

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