PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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31/08/2003

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 298

Black to play and WIN 

  

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/6bk/1B1R4/6p1/2bNP3/4KP2/1r6/8 b - - 0 1: 

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 297

Alexander Kakovin, (1910- ). Ukrainian Study Composer

Alexander Kuznetsov, (1913-1982). Top Russian Study Composer.

Kakovin & Kuznetsov, 1969

FORSYTH NOTATION

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

To activate the King is one of the golden rules of the endgame but it always has to be done with great care. I remember many years ago witnessing a famous Grandmaster taking his King to the centre of the board only to be mated ignominiously by two Rooks. (Tiredness is a great leveller in practical play).

Although Black is material up White shows that the enemy Monarch is in a precarious position. The King is in a kind of prison made up of pawns and there is no escape.

1.Rf3! ...

1.c3+ Kxc3 2.Rf3+ Kd2 3.Kxf5 Kxe2 4.Rh3 d5 5.Rxh7 Bf2! 6.Re7+ Be3 7.h4 d4 8.h5 d3 9.h6 d2 10.h7 d1Q 11.h8Q =;

White threatens mate in one move.

1... Ne3

It looks like the Knight is safe because of the Bishop pin but it is taken anyway.

2.Rxe3 Bd2

3.c3+! Kd5

3... Bxc3?? 4. Rd3mate;

4.Kg4!! ...

An unbelievable move but it is possible to play it because the Black King is in a confined space. It sets up a zugzwang position in which after all the Black moves are exhausted White mates with the e-pawn.

4.Kf5? Bxe3 5.h4 h5 and Black wins;

4... f5+ 

4... Bxe3? 5.Kf5! h6 (5...h5 6.h4! +-) 6.h3! h5 7.h4 +- There is no escape from the mating net;

4... h5+? 5.Kf5! Bxe3 6.h4! +-;

4... c4? 5.b4 c5 6.b5 +-; 

5.Kg5! ... 

5.Kf4? Bc1 6.Kg5 c4 7.b4 Bd2! 8.Kf4 Bc1 White should take the draw by repeating moves.

5... Bc1 

5...h6+ 6.Kxf5! Bxe3 7.h3 +-;

6.Kf6!! ...

White unpins the Rook and forces its recapture.

6... Bxe3

6...f4 7.c4+ Kd4 8.Rd3+ Ke4 9.Ke6 wins;

7.Kxf5 c4

Black will soon run out of moves. The King has no escape from its prison.

8.b4 h6

9.h3 h5

10.h4 c5

11.b5 B~

12.e4 MATE

Gens Una Sumas. 
Jim Monaghan wins in June.

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