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15/02/2004

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.

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POSITION 321

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/8/2K2P2/2p4k/PpPp4/8/P7/8 b - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 320

Samuel Reshevsky, (1911-1996).

Grandmaster. World Championship Candidate. Born in Poland but he later settled in the USA. At the age of eight he was touring Europe and America giving simultaneous exhibitions against twenty or more players and hardly ever losing. In one such event held at the Illinios Athletic Club in Chicago a crowd of fifteen hundred people turned out to watch this boy who became a legend. The prodigy fulfilled his potential and became a world class player. In 1935 he played in a tournament at Margate and beat the former World Champion, Capablanca, to take 1st place. In the following year he played in the strong Nottingham tournament and came equal 3rd. Position 320 is taken from this tournament.

Alexander vs Reshevsky

Nottingham, 1936

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:3q4/6k1/1p4p1/p3p3/4P3/8/PPQ3K1/8 b - - 0 1:

Although this ending may look complicated the winning process is simple enough. Black will advance his King towards the other Monarch so that a mating attack can be carried through with the Queen. But he has to take great care in the advance to avoid the many checking possibilities. Black will make progress in his plan because due to the extra pawn he can always threaten to exchange Queens and thus reach a won K & P ending. White is forced into a very passive position. The play is very instructive and it is one of his finest endings.

1... Qg5+

2.Kh3 ...

2.Kf2 Qf4+ 3.Kg2 Kh6 4.Qd3 Kh5 5.Qh3+ Qh4 6.Qd3 Qg4+ 7.Kf2 Kh4 -+;

2... Qe3+

3.Kg4 ...

3.Kh4 Qf4+ 4.Kh3 and follows as in the main line;

3... Qf4+

4.Kh3 Qf3+

5.Kh2 ...

5.Kh4 Kh6! 6.Qc6 (6.Qd2+ Qf4+ 7.Qxf4+ exf4 -+) 6...Qf2+ 7.Kg4 Qxb2 and Black wins a second pawn.

5... Kh6!

6.Qc6 Qf2+

White has been forced into a passive position.

7.Kh3 ...

7.Kh1 Qxb2 8.a4 Kg5 9.Kg1 Qd4+ 10.Kf1 Qc5 11.Qe6 b5 12.axb5 Qxb5+ 13.Kf2 Kf4 14.Qf7+ Kxe4 -+ ;

7... Kh5!

7...Qxb2? 8.Qf6! Qc3+ 9.Kg4 Qc8+ 10.Kh4 Qe8 11.a4 Kh7 12.Kg5 Qg8 13.Qxe5=;

8.Qb7 ...

The White Queen is forced to defend the e-pawn.

8... Qe3+

9.Kg2 Qd2+

10.Kg3 Qd3+

11.Kf2 Qd6!

The Queen takes up this position to guard against checks from the rear so that the King can advance trouble free.

12.Kg3 Kg5

13.Kf3 Qd8

13...Qd3+ 14.Kf2 Kg4 15.Qxb6 Qd2+ 16.Kf1 Kf3 17.Qb3+ Kxe4 18.Qb7+ Kf4 19.Qf7+ Ke3 20.Qa7+ Kd3 21.Qa6+ Kc2 22.Qb6 Qd3+ 23.Kg2 e4 24.Qc6+ Kxb2 25.Qxg6 Kxa2-+;

14.Kg3 Qf6

15.Qd5 Qf4+

16.Kg2 Kh4

The King is joining in the final attack.

17.Qc6 Qg3+

18.Kf1 Qf3+

19.Ke1 ...

19.Kg1 Kg3 20.Qxg6+ Qg4 21.Qxg4+ Kxg4-+;

19... Qe3+

20.Kf1 g5

21.Kg2 ...

21.Qc2 ... is slightly better but the win is not in doubt i.e.21...Kg3 22.Qg2+ Kf4 23.Qh2+ Qg3 24.Qc2 Qf3+ 25.Kg1 Qxe4-+;

21... Qd2+

White Resigned.

If 22.Kg1 ( 22.Kf3 g4#) 22...Kg3-+ .

 Gens Una Sumus


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

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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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