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29/06/2003

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POSITION 293

White to Play and WIN

  

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/1k4rp/R7/8/KP5P/8/8/8 w - - 0 1:

 

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 292 

Virgil Nestorescu, (1929-)

White to Play and DRAW (?)

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/8/K3P3/1P6/2k5/2p4R/1n1r4/8 w - - 0 1:

This position is problem No 80 in Paul Lamford's: 100 Chess Puzzles. (Chameleon Books, 1999). The book includes about thirty endings and it is a good buy for the summer months. It can be enjoyed without the use of a chess set except for a handful of the endings of which No 80 is probably the most difficult and indeed may be unsound.

White is in serious trouble as the c-pawn is near to queening. He has to rely on his own passed pawns for counterplay. The composers solution is as follows:

1.b6! Na4(?)

The important alternative move ...Nd6 will be looked at later.

1...c2 2.e7 Re2 (2...c1Q 3.e8Q Qa1+ 4.Kb7 Rd3 5.Qe4+ Kc3 6.Qc6+ =) 3.Rh2 Rxh2 4.e8Q Nd3 5.Qf7+! =;

2.Rh4+ ...

2.b7? Nc5+ 3.Kb6 Nxb7 4.Rh4+ Kd5 5.e7 Re2 6.Rh3 Kc4 -+;

2... Kb3

3.Rxa4! Kxa4

4.b7! ...

4.e7 Re2 5.b7 Re6+ 6.Ka7 Rxe7 7.Kb6 Rxb7+ 8.Kxb7 c2 -+;

4... Rd8

4...c2 5.e7 Rd6+ 6.Ka7 c1Q 7.e8Q+ Ka3 8.Qb5 Qc7 9.Ka8 Rd8+ 10.b8Q Rxb8+ 11.Qxb8 =;

5.Ka7 c2

6.e7 ...

6.b8Q? Rxb8 7.Kxb8 c1Q -+ ;

6... Re8

7.b8Q Kxe7+

8.Ka8 c1Q

9.Qf4+ Qxf4

Stalemate.

This is the composer's solution but a serious question mark hangs over this study because of the alternative 1...Nd3 move which gives Black real winning chances:

1... Nd3!

2.Rh4+ ...

2.Rxd3 Ra2+ 3.Kb7 Kxd3 4.e7 Re2 -+;

2.b7 Nc5+ 3.Ka7 Nxb7 4.Kxb7 Re2 -+;

2.Rh1 c2 3.Ka7 Rd1 4.e7 Rxh1 5.e8Q Ra1+ 6.Kb7 c1Q -+ ;

2.Ka7 c2 3.e7 Re2 4.Rh1 Rxe7+ 5.Ka8 Nc5 6.Rc1 Kb3-+;

2... Kc5!

3.e7 ...

3.Rh7 loses to 3...Nb5+;

3... Ra2+!

4.Kb7 Re2

5.Rh5+ Kc4

6.Rh4+ Kb3!

7. Kc8 c2

8.b7 c1Q+

9.Kd8 Rd2!

10.b8Q+ Nb4+

11.Ke8 Qc6+

12.Kf7 Rf2+

13.Rf4 Qc4+

Black Wins.  

Gens Una Sumas. 
Gerard O' Reilly wins in May.

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