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17/08/2003

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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Olivier Scalbert, Henryk Kalafut, Alexander Voyna, John Palmer, Gerard O'Reilly and Jim Monaghan.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 296

Black to Play and WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:3r2k1/1Q2bppp/8/2P5/PP2p3/8/4KRqP/2R5 b - - 0 1: 

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 295

Josef Hasek, (1897-1981).

Czech Endgame Study Composer. Belonged to the first generation of Czech composers; this group contained such luminaries as Richard Reti and Artur Mandler. Composed over 200 studies and won many prizes.

Hasek, 1937

White to Play and DRAW

 

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

Here Hasek has worked on the fortress idea, first put forward by Simkhovitch, and produced a delightful study. White sacrifices his Rook to gain time to bring his King to the centre of the board and set up a stalemate "haven". Even though the enemy Rook succeeds in entering the fortress it has to leave quickly because otherwise it would impose a stalemate situation. It is an unusual type of "positional draw".

White has to deal with the invasion threat along the h-file.

1.Kb1!! ...

Attacking the pawns with the Rook is too slow: 1.Re6? Rh8 2.Rxe5 Kg6 3.Rxa5 Rh2 4.Rf5 Rxg2 5.Rxf4 Rxc2+ 6.Kb1 Rb2+ 7.Kc1 g2 8.Rg4+ Kf6 9.a5 Rf2! 10.a6 Rf1+ 11.Kc2 g1Q 12.Rxg1 Rxg1 13.a7 Ra1 -+;

1... Rh8

With 1...Kg7 White uses the same idea as in the main line, sacrificing the Rook to gain time to bring the King over. 2.Rh6!! Kxh6 3.Kc1 Rh8 4.Kd1 Kg5 5.Ke1 Rh2 6.Kf1 Rh1+ 7.Ke2 Rc1 or 7...Rg1 stalemate.

2.Rf8!! ...

2.Rh6+? 2.Kxh6 3.Kc1 Kg5 4.Kd1 Rh2 5.K ~ Rxg2 -+;

2. ... Rxf8

3.Kc1 Rf6

3...Kg6 4.Kd1 Rh8 5.Ke2 Rh5 6.Kf1 Rh2 7.Kg1 Kf6 8.Kf1 Rh1+ 9.Ke2=;

4.Kd1 Rh6

5.Ke2 Rh2

6.Kf1 Rh1+

6...Rxg2 7.Kxg2 Kh4 8.Kg1! Kh3 9.Kh1! =;

7.Ke2 Rg1(c1)

Stalemate.

If the Rook retreats along the h-file then Black can make no progress in the ending. White will always have the stalemate defence if the Rook tries to enter the fortress.

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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