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25/01/2004

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, Alexander Voyna, Jon Palmer, Rainer Staudte and Avi Woolf.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 318

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/5pk1/4p3/7p/2R2K1P/1r4P1/8/8 b - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 317

Alexei Troitzky, (1866-1942).

Russian/Soviet Endgame Composer. He is regarded as one of the founders of the art of modern endgame study composition. His early career in composing started in 1895 but only lasted a couple of years and then his interest waned. Much of his earlier work was full of new ideas but lacked the polish that was to come later. In 1906 he made a triumphant return to chess with his brilliant analysis of the difficult ending of two Knights vs pawn. In 1910 he wrote an important article, published in the St Petersburg paper "Niva" in which he laid down the principles for the composing of studies. He has over 1000 studies to his credit. He wrote: A Selection of Chess Studies (1934).

Novoye vremya, 1895

White to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:1b5q/5Pp1/8/1BN4k/8/7P/6K1/8 w - - 0 1:  

This study shows the idea of perpetual attack. The continued attack on the Queen and King by the White pieces can lead to a repetition of the position. Thus it can be seen that a perpetual attack can lead to a special kind of positional draw.

  1.Nd7 ...

Threatening to queen the f-pawn.

1... Bd6

Black makes sure that the Queen has a short life.

1...Qc8 2.f8Q Qc2+ 3.Qf2 Qg6+ 4.Kh1 Qb1+ 5.Qf1 Qe4+ 6.Qg2 Qb1+ 7.Bf1 +-;

2.f8Q! Bxf8

Because the Black King and Queen are restricted to the edge of the board, White can now set up a continual attack.

3.Ne5! ...

The King and Queen are trapped. White threatens Be2+ followed by a Knight fork winning the Queen.

3... Qg8

3...Qh7 4.Bd3! Qg8 5.Bc4 Qh7 6.Bd3 Qh6 and transposes into the main line. The Black King can't move because of the Knight forks.

4.Bc4! Qh7

4...Qh8 5.Be2+ +-;

5.Bd3! Qh6

5...Qh8 6.Be2+ Kh6 7.Nf7+ =;

6.Be2+ Kh4

6...Kg5 7.Nf7+ =;

7.Nf3+ Kh5

8.Ne5+ Kg5

Black can escape from the repetition but not the draw.

9.Nf7+ DRAW. 

 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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