PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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05/10/2003

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 303

White to play and DRAW 

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:K2b3q/3kP3/5P2/8/2Pp4/6R1/4P3/7B w - - 0 1: 

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  LAST WEEK, POSITION 302

Max Euwe, (1901-1981).

World Champion 1935-37. Dutch Grandmaster. After the Second World War Euwe was no longer a dangerous aspirant to the World Championship. In the 1953 Candidates tournament Euwe came near the bottom of the field although he did play some fine games. As his playing strength declined he turned to do important research into opening and endgame theory. It is little realised that Euwe made a major contribution to the theoretical investigation of many endings. In this field alone he contributed far more than any other World Champion with perhaps the exception of Smyslov. In the late 1950’s Max Euwe, collaborated with David Hooper to produce, “Guide to Chess Endings.” This was the first major work in the West on endings for over twenty years.

Euwe vs Stahlberg

Candidates, 1953

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:r7/P1k5/3p1p2/5P2/3KP3/7p/R7/8 w - - 0 1:

White's passed a-pawn supported by the Rook is stronger than the Black h-pawn. As the pawn is at a7, in some variations White has a neat tactical trick which is worth remembering for similar R&P endings. In the trade of the passed pawns the White Rook will find itself on the h-file and so have the devastating skewer at h7 winning the opposing Rook. The game continuation is as follows:

1.Kd5 Kd7

Black has to try and stop the enemy monarch from invading.

2.Ra3 ...

2.Ra6 h2 3.Ra1 reverts to the main line;

2... h2

3.Ra1! Re8

Black is in zugzwang. He decides to move the Rook for active defence but it is not good enough for the draw.

3...h1Q?? 4.Rxh1 Rxa7 5.Rh7+ wins the Rook with a skewer;

3...Ke7? 4.Kc6+-; 3...Kc7? 4.Ke6+-;

4.Rh1 Re5+

5.Kd4 Ra5

Black has improved the position of the Rook but at what cost ?

6.Rxh2 Kc6

White was threatening to win with 7.Rh8 helping the pawn home. Black would not be able to capture on a7 because of the Rook skewer.

7.Rh7 Ra4+

8.Ke3 Ra3+

8...d5 9.e5 fxe5 10.f6 Kd6 11.f7 Ke7 and White can win with a double Queen sacrifice 12.f8Q+ Kxf8 13.a8Q+ Rxa8 14.Rh8+ Ke7 15.Rxa8 +-:

9.Kf4 Ra1

White now swaps his a-pawn for the weak f-pawn. The newly created passed f-pawn will win the game for White.

10.Rf7 Kc5

11.Rxf6 Rxa7

12.Re6 ...

Black is lost. His King is cut off from the action. The final moves were: 12... Ra1 13.f6 Kc6 14.Kf5 Kd7 (14...Rf1+ 15.Kg6 Rg1+ 16.Kf7 Kd7 17.Re7+ Kd8 18.Ke6+-) 15.Re7+ Kd8 16.Ke6 Resigns.

A wonderful ending by the former Dutch world champion.

 Gens Una Sumas.


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