PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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11/01/2004

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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Jay Ramanathan, Gerald O'Reilly, Henryk Kalafut and Alexander Voyna and Jon Palmer.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 316

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/2p5/7p/pP4pP/3k2P1/4pP2/1P2K3/8 w - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 315

Vasily (1881-1952) & Mikhail Platov, (1883-1938).

Latvian/Soviet Endgame Composers. The Platov brothers started composing independently of each other but by 1905 they were working as a team. Vasily was the most creative in the composing duo but they both needed each other for their talent to flourish. Their compositions were of a high order. They were pioneers along with Troitsky, Kubbel and Rinck of a new emerging art form in chess, that of composing endgame studies with it's own rules and competitions. They built on earlier work but also made new discoveries in the field of endgame theory. They wrote together: 'Selection of Chess Studies' (Sbornik shakhmatnykh etyudov, 1928).

 V. and M. Platov

Rigaer Tageblatt, 1905

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:5k2/7p/p2p4/3P4/3N3p/5P1q/P4P2/1R4K1 w - - 0 1:

The Platov brothers in this study have come up with a natural setting for their theme which is the battle of two pieces, particularly the Knight, against the Queen. The Knight will be beautifully placed at e6 whereas the Black Queen at h3 will find herself in a compromised situation.

1.Ne6+! Ke8!

1...Kf7?? allows the knight fork 2.Ng5+; 1...Kg8?? 2.Rb8+ Kf7 3.Ng5+;

1...Ke7 2.Rb7+ (2...Ke8 Rf7!! and follows as the main line) 2... Kf6 3.Rf7+ Ke5 4.a4 a5 5.Rf8 h6 6.Rf7 h5 7.Rf8 Kxd5 8.Nf4+ wins;

2.Rb8+ Ke7

2...Kd7 3.Rf8! h6 (3...Ke7 4.Ng5 Qd7 5.Rf7+ wins) 4.a3! and we reach the same position in the main line on the 6th move.

3.Rb7+! ...

3.Rf8?? Qxe6! 4.dxe6 Kxf8 5.f4 d5 and Black wins.

3... Ke8

4.Rf7!! ...

A wonderful move which is multi-purpose. The f3 pawn is guarded and the Queen is indirectly threatened by: 5.Rf8+ Ke7 6.Ng5!! . The Queen is trapped and has no reasonable escape. If 6...Qd7 then the Rook Rf7+ skewer wins.

4... h6!

This is the only answer to the threat.

4...a5? 5.Rf8+ Ke7 6.Ng5!! Qd7 7.Rf7+ wins;

5.Rf8+ Kd7

5...Ke7? 6.Nf4!! Qd7 7.Ng6#. White wants to force the Black King to e7 so that this attack can take place. He plays a nice tempo move:

6.a3! a5

This reply is forced. 6...h5 loses the Queen to7.Ng5;

7.a4 Ke7

7...h5 8.Ng5+-;

8.Nf4! wins.

The attack on the Queen is decisive. The Black Queen has no future.

8...Qxf3 9.Ng6+ Kd7 10.Rxf3; 8...Qd7 Ng6#;  

 Gens Una Sumus.
The winners of the 2003 cumulative competition:

 

1st =

Antonio Senatore - Argentina,

Henryk Kalafut - USA,

Alexander Voyna - Ukraine

4th

Gerald O'Reilly - England

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  COMPETITIONS for 2004

1. Cumulative 2004 This event will run from 4/1/2004 to 19/12/2004 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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