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24/08/2003

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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POSITION 297

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/7p/2pp1p2/2p2n2/3k1K2/1P6/2P1PR1P/4b3 w - - 0 1:

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POSITION 296

Edward Lasker, (1885-1981 ).

German/American International Master. Originally German he moved to the United States at the outbreak of the 1st World war. His first book, "Chess Strategy" which he wrote while he was still a student in Berlin, was an instant success. It was a practical book written to explain strategic principles to the emerging chess playing public. Edward Lasker was never a full professional but he did play in a number of top class events. In 1923 he played a match against Marshall for the United States Championship and lost by a narrow margin. He had a very long chess career with periodic breaks spanning over sixty years. He knew and played most of the great players of the first half of the 20th Century and his autobiography " Chess Secrets " makes fascinating reading.

R. Scott vs Ed. Lasker

 London, 1913

Black to Play and WIN

 

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

White is the exchange up and he has three advanced passed pawns on the queenside. But Black has a powerful attack with his pieces against the badly exposed King. He just has to play with care to avoid the back rank mate.

 

1... Rd2+

1...Qg5!? 2.Re1 e3 3.Rxf7 Kxf7 4.Qf3+ Bf6 5.Rd1 Rxd1 6.Kxd1 Qg1+ 7.Ke2 Qxh2+ 8.Kxe3 Qe5+ 9.Qe4 Qc3+ 10.Ke2 Qb2+ 11.Kf3 Qa3+ 12.Kg2 Qxa4 -+;

2.Kxd2 Qxf2+!

In the game Lasker was short of time and played 2... e3+!? and the win was difficult. Although this move wins the White Queen he is left with two Rooks and dangerous advanced passed pawns. Lasker managed to win the ending after a struggle with mistakes on both sides.

3.Kc3 ...

3.Kd1 Qf1+ 4.Kc2 Qc4+ 5.Kb2 Bf6+ 6.Ka3 Qxc1+ 7.Kb3 Qc3+ 8.Ka2 Qb2 mate.

3... Qe3+

4.Kc2 ...

4.Kb2 would transpose to the main line a move quicker after 4...Bf6+ 5.Ka2 Qe2+ 6.Kb3 Qf3+ 7.Ka2 Qg2+ 8.Kb3 Qh3+ 9.Ka2 Qxh2+;

4... Qd3+

5.Kb2 Bf6+

6.Ka2 Qe2+

6...Qd2+ 7.Kb3 Qb2+ 8.Kc4 Qxc1 9.Kb5 Qf1+ as in the main line but without winning the h-pawn.

7.Kb3 Qf3+

8.Ka2 Qg2+

9.Kb3 Qh3+

10.Ka2 Qxh2+

11.Kb3 Qb2+

12.Kc4 Qxc1+

It is the advanced Black e-pawn that decides the game but first he has to take care of the threatened mate on the back rank.

13.Kb5 Qf1+

14.Kb6 ...

14.Kc6 g6 15.a5 e3 16.a6 e2 17.a7 Qg2+ 18.Kc7 Bd8+ 19.Kc8 Qxb7+ 20.Kxb7 e1=Q 21.a8=Q Qxb4+ 22.Kc8 Qxc5+ 23.Kxd8 Qf8+ with a win.

14... Bd8+

15.Ka7 Qd3

16.b5 e3 17.Qc6! g5 18.b6 e2 19.b7 e1Q 20.b8Q Qe7+ Black wins.

Gens Una Sumas. 
Jim Monaghan wins in June.

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