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15/06/2003

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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 291 

Black to Play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:6k1/4bpp1/1nq1p2p/pp1b4/3P4/PPQ2BPP/1B1N1PK1/8 b - - 0 1:  

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 LAST WEEK, POSITION 290

David Gurgenidze, (1953-)

Georgian Study Composer, Grandmaster for Chess Composition. Works in the Tbilisi Institute of Physical Culture. Composed more than 500 studies, many of which have been awarded prizes. David Gurgenidize: Best Studies 1 & 2 (1993, 1996)

Nordisk Postsjakkblad, 1979

White to Play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION

:1R6/8/8/5b2/K4P1k/5Rp1/p1P5/r7 w - - 0 1: 

White has the advantage of the exchange but he has an awkwardly placed King and he is facing two dangerous passed pawns. It is White who is struggling to draw.

1.Ra3 Bxc2+

The alternative is 1...Be6 but White can draw with: 2.f5! Rb1 (2...Bf7 3.Rb4+ Kh5 4.Rxg3 Rb1 5.Ra3 =; 2...Bd5 3.Rb4+ Kg5 4.Rxg3 Kxf5 5.Ra3 =) 3.Rh8+ Kg4 4.fxe6 a1Q 5.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 6.Kb5 Re1 7.c4 Rxe6 8.Rg8+Kf3 9.c5 with a draw;

2.Ka5 Bb3!

An exceptional idea.

3.Rbxb3 Rb1!

4.Rxg3 a1Q

5.Rh3+ ...

5.Rxa1? Rxa1+ 6.Kb4 Kxg3 and Black wins;

5... Kg4

6.Rhg3+ Kxf4

It seems that Black can hide from the checks if he runs the King to c4 but White has a surprise ready.

7.Rgf3+ Ke4

8.Rfe3+ Kd4

9.Reb3! ...

A wonderful move which saves the game for White.

9.Red3+? Kc4! 10.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 11.Kb6 Kxd3 and Black wins.

9...Kc4

10.Rb4+ DRAW

10..Kc5 and the Queen is lost for a Rook 11.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 12.Ra4 =.

Gens Una Sumas. 
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