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30/11/2003

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 311

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:1rq1k3/Rp1n4/1Pp1p1pp/N1Pp1p2/3P1P2/4P3/Q5PP/6K1 w - - 0 1:

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  LAST WEEK, POSITION 310

Attila Koranyi, (1934-97). 

Hungarian Endgame Composer. International Judge of Chess Compositions (1984). He published over 100 studies; many of these were prize winners.  

Magyar Sakkelet, 1963

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

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

White has a powerful passed c-pawn but Black has counterattacked strongly. Black's pieces hold fine positions, especially the Rook, but is it good enough to draw ?

1.Rc8! ...

Capturing the h-pawn only leads to a draw: 1.Rxh7 Rc2 2.c7 h4 3.Rg7+ Kf5 4.Kf1 Ke6 5.Ke1 Kd6 6.Kf1!? h3! 7.gxh3 Rxc7=;

1... Rc2

2.c7 Kh4!

The King hides from the threat of Rg8+ followed by queening of the pawn.

3.Kh1! ...

White keeps clear of the stalemate trap: 3.Kh2? h6! 4.Rg8 Rxg2+! and the capture gives stalemate. (4...Rxc7?? allows 5.g3#).

Stalemate is an important method of defence and worth playing for in a lost ending.

3... Rc6

3...h6 4.Kh2! Kg4 5.Rg8+ Kh4 6.c8R! as the main line continuation;

4.Kh2 Rc2

4...h6? 5.g3+ Kg4 6.Rg8+ and White wins.

5.Rg8! h6

5...Rxg2+? doesn't work because Black would still have a spare move.

6.c8R! ...

Underpromoting to avoid the stalemate trap:

6.c8Q? Rxg2+! 7.Kh1 Rg1+ 8.Rxg1 stalemate.

6. ... Rxg2+

The Black defence is overloaded. He offers the Rook but White easily bypasses the stalemate trap.

6...Rxc8 7.g3#.

7.Kh1! Rh2+

8.Kg1! WINS.

 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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