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10/08/2003

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 295

White to Play and DRAW

 

FORSYTH NOTATION:r7/7k/5R2/p3p3/Pp1pPp2/1PpP1Pp1/K1P3P1/8 w - - 0 1:  

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 294

Erich Eliskases, (1913-97).

International Grandmaster. Shared the Austrian championship at the age of 16 and then in 1932 succeeded in winning a match against Spielmann. After the annexation of Austria, he found himself playing for Germany. He won both the 1938 and 1939 German championships. The outbreak of the Second World War meant the end of his European chess career. After the 1939 Olympiad, like many other players he found himself stranded in Buenos Aries; so he decided to settle in South America and had reasonable success there.

Eliskases vs Fischer

Buenos Aires, 1960

White to Play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/1p3N1p/3K4/Pk4P1/2p4P/8/8 w - - 0 1:

Bobby Fischer was badly off form in this tournament and recorded one of his worse results. In this game he sacrificed his Bishop to gain what he thought was a powerful passed pawn but he overlooked a diabolical Knight move.

1.Nh5! ... 

Meeting Black's threat to queen the c-pawn. 

1... Kxa4 

If 1...c2 2.Nf4 and Black cannot queen the pawn because of 3.Nd3+, forking the King and Queen. If 2...c1N White is winning easily with 3.h4 Kxa4 4.g5 hxg5 5.hxg5 b5 6.g6 b4 7.g7 b3 8.g8Q b2 9.Kc4 b1Q 10.Qa8#. If 2...Kc3 3.Ke4;

2.Nf4 b5 

2...c2 also loses to 3.Ne2 (or 3.Nd3). 

3.Ne2 c2 

Here Black resigned. The King and Knight take care of the Black queenside pawns and White wins with his kingside majority. Play might have continued:

4.Kc5 ...

4.h4 b4 5.Kc4 b3 6.Kc3 Ka3 7.g5 and White wins.

4... b4

5.Kc4 Ka3

5...b3 6.Kc3 Kb5 7.Kxb3 Kc5 8.Kxc2 Kd5 9.Kd3 Ke5 10.h4 Kf6 11.Ke4 wins;

6.h4 ...

6.Nc1 Kb2 7.Nb3! c1Q+ 8.Nxc1 Kxc1 9.h4 Kd2 10.g5 wins;

6... b3

7.Kc3! b2

8.Kxc2 Ka2

9.Nc3+ Ka3

10.g5 WINS. 

Gens Una Sumas. 
Jim Monaghan wins in June.

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  COMPETITIONS for 2003

1. Cumulative 2003 Prizes: 1st £100 or equivalent, 2nd £50, 3rd £30; 4th £20. (Total Prize Money=£200) Entries limited to 20 solvers. This event will run from 5/1/2003 to 22/12/2003 with a recess in July. Present rules apply but note the prizes will go to those participants who climb the ladder the greatest number of times during the year. The relative position of the solver's name on the ladder will decide the allocation of prizes.


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