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21/09/2003

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, Steven B. Dowd, Henryk Kalafut, Alexander Voyna and Gerard O'Reilly.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 301

White to play and WIN  

 

FORSYTH NOTATION :8/2N5/7N/p7/8/1K4p1/2P5/4k3 w - - 0 1: 

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 300

Tigran Petrosian, (1929 -1984).

World Champion 1963-69. Soviet Grandmaster. In the early 1950's, Petrosian emerged from the ranks of Soviet Masters to become a leading player and a Candidate for the World Championship. Towards the end of the decade he had two brilliant results in consecutive Soviet Championships; 2nd in 1958 and then 1st in 1959.

T. Petrosian vs A. Bannik

Soviet Championship, 1958

White to play and WIN 

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:5nN1/5k1p/1pr2p2/p1p1p1pP/P1P1K1P1/1P2P3/3R1P2/8 w - - 0 1: 

White has a winning positional advantage. He has the more active King and control of the important invasion squares at d5 and f5. But first he has to extricate his Knight. The main line is the actual moves played in the game.

1.Nh6+ Ke8

1...Kg7? 2.Nf5+ Kf7 3.Rd8 +-;

2.Nf5 Ne6

2... Nd7 3.Kd5 Nb8 4.Nh6 Kf8 5.Ke4! Ke8 6. Kf5 Nd7 7.Ng8 and White will sacrifice, the Rook for the d7 Knight and pick up the Black pawns by Nxf6+ followed Nxh7;

3.Rd6! ...

Forcing the exchange of Rooks. The Knight ending is lost for Black because the White King can invade at d5 or f5.

3... Rxd6

4.Nxd6+ Kd7

5.Nb5! Ng7

5...Nf8 6.Kf5 Ke7 7.Nc3 Nd7 8.Nd5+ Kf7 9.h6! e4 10.Nc3 Ne5 11.Nxe4 Nd7 12.Nc3 Ke7 13.Nd5+ Kf7 14.e4 Nf8 15.Nxf6 +-;

6.h6 Ne8

7.Kd5 ...

The invasion of the King is decisive.

7...f5 8.Kxe5 fxg4 9.Nc3 (9...Nd6 10.Kf6 Ke8 11.e4 Kf8 12.e5 Nf7 13.e6 Nxh6 14.Kxg5 Ng8 15.Nd5 Ne7 16.Kxg4 with a win.) ...Ke7 10.Ne4 Kf7 ( 10... g3! is slightly better 11.fxg3 g4 12.Kf5 Kf7 13.Ng5+ Kg8 14.Ke6 Nc7+15.Kd7 Na6 16.e4 Nb4 17.e5 Nd3 18.e6 Ne5+ 19.Kd6 and White wins.) 11.Kf5 (also winning is: 11.Nd6+ Nxd6 12.Kxd6 Kg6 13.e4 etc) 11... g3 12.fxg3 g4 13.Ng5+ Kg8 14.Ke6! Nc7+ 15.Kd7 Na6 16.e4 The advance of the e-pawn decides the game. 16... Nb4 17.e5 Nd3 18.e6 BLACK RESIGNS.  

Gens Una Sumas.


Antonio Senatore,
Henryk Kalafut and Alexander Voyna win in August.

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