PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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23/11/2003

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 310

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/2R4p/2P5/7p/6k1/8/1r4P1/6K1 w - - 0 1:

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  LAST WEEK, POSITION 309

Rosselli del Turco, (1877-1947).

Italian Master. Played in a number of important international tournaments in the 20s and 30s. He founded and directed the Italian Chess Federation. National champion in 1923 and 1931. His best result was probably at Baden-Baden in 1925 when he came ahead of Tarrasch, Colle, Mieses and Sir George Thomas.

Tarrasch vs Rosselli,

Baden-Baden, 1925

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:4r1k1/p5pp/1p6/2p1Nr2/2Pp1P2/1P2nR1P/P2R2P1/2K5 b - - 0 1:

The Baden Baden tournamemt of 1925 is important historically because it caught the early excitement of the Hypermodern movement, which was to have such a profound influence on the development of the game in the 1920s. Rossselli who had been invited because he was the Italian champion got off to a terrible start losing nearly every game but in the second half of the tournament his form was transformed. Here his change of fortune is evident as he pulls off a neat combination against a world class opponent and the organiser of the tournament.

  1... Nxg2!

2.Rxg2 Rexe5

3.Rxg7+?! ...

The problem with this counter combination is that the Black's King quickly comes to the centre of the board. Playing 3.Kd2 maintaining both Rooks would make the win more difficult but not impossible: 3...Re4 4.Rgf2 Kf7 5.Rf1 Re6 6.Kd3 Rh6 7.Rg1 Rfh5 -+;

3... Kxg7

4.Rg3+ Kf6

5.fxe5+ Kxe5

5...Rxe5!? 6.Kd1 Rg5! 7.Rf3+ Rf5 8.Rg3 Rf2 -+;

Black has obtained a dream position with active pieces and a powerful protected passed pawn.

6.Rg2...

Tarrasch decides to defend the second rank but he could have played 6.Rg7, with a view to activating the Rook: 6.Rg7!? Ke4! 7.Kd1 d3! 8.Ke1 Kd4! 9.Rxa7 Kc3 10.Rd7 Kc2 -+;

6... Rf3

7.Rh2 Kf4!

8.Re2 Re3

9.Rf2+ Ke4

10.Rf7 ...

Black activates the Rook but it is too late.

10... Kd3

11.Kb2 Rxh3

12.Rxa7 Rh2+ 13.Ka3 Kc3 14.Rd7 d3 15.Ka4 d2 16.Kb5 Rh6 White resigned.

Tarrasch was magnanimous in defeat and praised the effort of the Italian player who a few rounds later would gain an easy draw against Alekhine, the tournament leader. 

 Gens Una Sumus.
Jon Palmer wins in October.

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  COMPETITIONS for 2003

1. Cumulative 2003 Prizes: 1st £100 or equivalent, 2nd £50, 3rd £30; 4th £20. (Total Prize Money=£200) Entries limited to 20 solvers. This event will run from 5/1/2003 to 22/12/2003 with a recess in July. Present rules apply but note the prizes will go to those participants who climb the ladder the greatest number of times during the year. The relative position of the solver's name on the ladder will decide the allocation of prizes.


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