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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, Gerard O'Reilly, Henryk Kalafut and Alexander Voyna.

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Important Notice: The last position for Cumulative 2003 will appear on Sunday 21st December. I am then taking a short break and will be back on Sunday January 4th with the first position of the 2004 Cumulative competition.

The winners of the 2003 cumulative competition will be announced early in the New Year.

I have decided to move away from cash prizes for Cumulative 2004. Instead book prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. The same rules will apply.



White to play and WIN



:4b3/4r3/1pp2k2/p7/2P3PP/1P3PK1/P3R3/8 w - - 0 1:  

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Fred Lazard, (1883-1949)

French Composer of Chess Problems and Studies. Famous for being on the winning side of the shortest master game ever recorded. Composed over a hundred endgame studies many of which show his exotic influence as a problem composer.


 F. Lazard 

de Barbieri Memorial, 1947

White to play and DRAW



:q7/8/2p5/B2p2pp/5pp1/2N3k1/6P1/7K w - - 0 1:  

This study is characteristic of Lazard's compositions in which there is an unnatural feel about the position. White's situation is far from promising with his big material disadvantage but he has one glimmer of hope. Can he take advantage of the fact that Black's King is surrounded by pawns and that his own King lacks freedom of movement ? Can he set up a fortress position ?

1.Ne4+! Kh4

1...dxe4?? 2.Be1#;

2.Ng3! ...

With the deadly threat of Nf5 mate;

2... Qf8

Guarding f4.

If Black takes the Knight with the pawn the Bishop goes to the a7-g1 diagonal and then White has a fortress position. Black can never make progress because of the threatened stalemate. This is similar to what happens in the main line in a few moves.

2...fxg3 3.Bb6! Qa4 4.Bg1 Qf4 5.Bd4 c5 6.Bxc5 Qf1+ 7.Bg1 Qf2 8.Bxf2 gxf2 9.g3+ Kxg3 stalemate.

2...Qc8 3.Be1! fxg3 4.Bf2! Qf5 5.Bc5 d4 6.Bxd4 c5 7.Bxc5 Qf1+ 8.Bg1 Qf2 9.Bxf2 gxf2 10.g3+ Kxg3 stalemate.

3.Be1! ...

3.Bb6?? Kxg3! 4.Ba5 Qe7 and Black wins.

3. ... fxg3

Black is forced to take the Knight and at the same time threatens the back rank mate with the Queen.

4.Bf2!! ...

What a wonderful conception. The Bishop cannot be taken because of stalemate and he occupies the important diagonal a7-g1 . If the pawns advance they can be eaten up by the Bishop and the piece can never be captured by the Queen because of stalemate. White has built a fortress position.

4... d4

4...gxf2 5.g3+! stalemate.

4...c5 5.Bxc5 d4 6.Bxf8 d3 7.Bb4 d2 8.Bxd2 stalemate.

5.Bxd4 c5

6.Bxc5! Qf1+

6...Qxc5 stalemate.

White has a fortress position. It is a draw.

7.Bg1 Qf2

8.Bxf2 gxf2

9.g3+! Kxg3

or ...Kh3 stalemate.  

 Gens Una Sumus.
Antonio Senatore, Henryk Kalafut and Alexander Voyna win in November.

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1. Cumulative 2004 This event will run from 4/1/2003 to 19/12/2003 with a recess in the Summer. Present rules apply but note the book 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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