PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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02/11/2003

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 307 

White to play and WIN

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:8/p2R4/p7/8/5K2/8/8/4k2n w - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 306

Mikhail Tal, (1936-1992).

International Grandmaster. World Champion 1960-61. Six times Soviet Champion. Tal had a golden period from 1957-60 which culminated in him winning the World Championship in 1960. From then on serious illness effected his play but he was always a dangerous opponent and still able to produce world class results.

Tal vs Radulov,

Skopje Olympiad, 1972 

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/8/1p2k2p/p1b3pP/P2pK1P1/1P3P2/2P1B3/8 w - - 0 1:

This position might seem drawish, with Bishops of opposite colours but White has a subtle winning plan. The King will penetrate the Black position and gain access to important squares. The situation of the Black Bishop is poor because it is immobilised by his own pawns and so the Black King will be forced to give way by the powerful weapon of zugzwang. By exploiting the position of the enemy Bishop and the skilful use of tempo gaining moves White will win more material and create an important passed pawn. It is a wonderful ending worthy of close study.

1.Bc4+ Kf6

1...Kd6? 2.Kf5 Kc6 3.Kg6 Bf8 4.Kf7 Bd6 5.Kg7 winning;

1...Ke7? 2.Kf5 Ke8 3.Kg6 Bf8 4.Kf6! Be7+ 5.Kg7 Bf8+ 6.Kg8 Bc5 7.Bb5+ Ke7 8.Kg7 Bd6 9.Kxh6 and White wins;

2.Kd5 Kf7

3.Ke5+ Kg7

4.Bd5 ...

White uses the powerful weapon of zugzwang in order to make progress. The King is forced to give ground because his Bishop has no useful moves. It is tied to the defence of the d-pawn.

4... Kh7

5.Kf6 Bf8

6.Be4+ Kg8

7.Kg6 Bg7

8.Bd5+ Kh8

8...Kf8? 9.Kh7 Be5 10.Kxh6 +-;

9.Be6! Bf8

10.Bc4 Bg7

Now that Black is tied up on the kingside White will turn his attention to the opposite wing.

11.Kf7 Kh7

11...Be5 12.Ke6 Bg7 13.Kd5 Bf6 14.Kc6 Bd8 15.Kd7 Bf6 16.Kc7 Be7 17.Kxb6 wins;

12.Bd3+ Kh8

13.Be4! Be5

White was playing for this. Now he gains an important tempo as he attacks the Bishop. A useful technique to remember.

14.Ke6 Bg7

14...Bf4 15.Kd5 Be3 16.Bd3 Bd2 17.Kc6 Kg7 18.Kxb6 wins.

15.Kd5! Bf6

16.Kc6 Bd8

Now Black will lose the b-pawn and the game.

17.Kd7 Bf6

18.Kc7 Be7

19.Kxb6 Bb4

Here Black resigned because he could not stop the creation of a passed pawn on the queenside.

The game might have continued: 20.Kb5 Kg7 21.Kc4! Bc3 22.b4! Bxb4 (22...axb4 23.Kb5 Kf6 24.a5 d3 25.Bxd3 Ke5 26.a6 Bd4 27.Kc6 Kf4 28.Be4 Ke5 29.Kb7 Be3 30.a7 Bxa7 31.Kxa7 with a win.) 23.Kxd4 Kf6 24.c4 Ke6 25.c5 Bd2 26.Kc4 Ke7 27.Kb5 Kd7 28.f4! gxf4 29.g5 hxg5 30.Kc4 Bc1 31.Kc3 Ba3 32.h6 Bb4+ 33.Kc4 Ba3 34.Kb5 Kc7 35.h7 Bb2 36.Kxa5 with a win.

 

TAL: ".......and I never suspected that such an apparently uninteresting ending........could contain so many interesting and beautiful ideas."

 

 Gens Una Sumus.
Jon Palmer wins in October.

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