PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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08/02/2004

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, Avi Woolf, Gerald O'Reilly, Henryk Kalafut, Jon Palmer, Rainer Staudte and Olivier Scalbert.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 320

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:3q4/6k1/1p4p1/p3p3/4P3/8/PPQ3K1/8 b - - 0 1:
LAST WEEK, POSITION 319

K. A. Leonid Kubbel, (1891-1942).

Leonid Kubbel along with Troitzky, Rink and the Platov brothers were leading the emerging art of endgame study composing. His early studies were compiled when he was only 13 years old and they showed his great talent. Kubbel saw himself firstly as a problemist. With the early composers he explored and added the strategic themes of the problemists to the genre of the endgame study. Kubbel composed over 500 endgame studies. They are ideal if you starting out as an endgame solver because many of his studies have short snappy solutions which are relatively easy to follow.

Kubbel, 1935  

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:4k3/1q6/6P1/8/3p2Rn/3K4/8/R7 w - - 0 1:

White has to act quickly to keep the initiative otherwise the Black Queen will set up tactical tricks against the exposed White Monarch and the pair of Rooks. His winning idea is to drive the King towards his passed pawn so that it can be advanced with check.

1.Re1+ Kf8

1...Kd8? 2.Rxd4+ Kc8 3.Rc1+ Kb8 4.Rd8+ Ka7 5.Ra1+ Kb6 6.Rb1+ Wins;

1...Kd7? 2.Rxd4+ Kc6 3.Rc1+ Kb6 4.Rb4+ Wins;

2.g7+ Qxg7

2...Kg8? 3.Re8+ Kf7 4.g8Q+ Kf6 5.Qe6 Mate;

3.Rf4+! ...

3.Rf1+? Kg8 4.Rfg1 Nf5! =; 3.Rxg7 Kxg7 4.Rf1 Kg6 5.Kxd4 Nf5+ =;

3... Nf5!

Black has no choice but to give up the Knight. The Rook is drawn to the 5th rank so that at least it cannot give a devastating check on the g-file.

3...Kg8? 4.Re8+ Kh7 5.Rxh4+ Kg6 6.Rg4+ Wins;

3...Qf7? 4.Ref1! Qxf4 5.Rxf4+ Ke7 6.Rxh4 Wins;

4.Rxf5+ Kg8

5.Re8+ Kh7

6.Rh5+ Kg6

Blacks hopes the Rook will move away so that he can activate the Queen but White has one surprising winning move:

7.Reh8!! ...

Black is in zugzwang. Any Queen or King move will fall to checks along the h-file.

7. ... Kf6

7...Qe7 8.R8h6+ Kf7 9.Rh7+ Wins;

8.R8h6+ Kf7

9.Rh7 WINS.

 Gens Una Sumus


Antonio Senatore, Henryk Kalafut and Gerald O'Reilly win in January

> > Cumulative competition

There will be a special prize for the highest placed newcomer in 2004.


The winners of the 2003 cumulative competition:  

1st =

Antonio Senatore - Argentina,

Henryk Kalafut - USA,

Alexander Voyna - Ukraine

4th

Gerald O'Reilly - England

  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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