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07/03/2004

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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THIS WEEK

POSITION 324

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/7p/2pk2p1/pp4P1/3bP2P/1P1N1K2/P7/8 b - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 323

Richard Reti, (1889-1929).

Czechoslovakian Grandmaster, theoretician and endgame composer. A leading player in the 1920s. 1st at the great international tournament at Gothenburg in 1920. In 1924 at the New York tournament he achieved a great win over Capablanca, the first loss the World Champion had suffered in 8 years. In 1928 he obtained 1st's at Vienna and Giessen, and equal 1st at Brno, and 2nd at Dortmund. His last tournament was in January 1929 in Stockholm, Sweden. He came in 1st ahead of Lundin, Stoltz and Stahlberg. Reti is chiefly remembered for his contribution to the HYPERMODERN MOVEMENT and his book Modern Ideas in Chess (1923). It deals with the development and history of chess strategy up to the time of hypermodern play and has since become a classic. Reti regarded chess as an art and it is not surprising that he composed a number of chess endgame studies which are regarded as immortal works of art.

 

Reti, 1925

White to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/8/2Q5/2K5/4N3/6p1/k5q1/8 w - - 0 1:

In many practical situations the extra piece is usually not enough to bring home the win unless the weaker  side's King can be driven into a mating net or the enemy Queen can be won by a tactical trick such as a fork or skewer. It is interesting to note how White drives the enemy King towards his Queen so that the weaker side will fall prey to a tactical shot. But on the way he has to avoid the many stalemate traps. The g-pawn could become very dangerous so White can waste no time in the attack.

1.Nc3+ Ka1!

Black is eternally hopeful for a mistake but tiredness plays no part here which is not the case in many o-t-b endings.

2.Qa4+ ...

2.Qxg2?? stalemate;

2... Kb2

3.Qa2+ ...

3.Qb4+ Kc2 4.Ne4 Qg1+ 5.Kd5 Qe3 6.Qc4+ Kb2 7.Nc5 g2 8.Nd3+ Qxd3+ 9.Qxd3 g1Q=;

3... Kc1

4.Qb1+ ...

4.Qxg2?? stalemate;

4... Kd2

5.Qb2+ Ke1

6.Qc1+ ...

6.Qxg2?? stalemate;

6... Kf2

7.Nd1+! Kf3

7...Kg1? 8.Ne3+ winning the Queen;

7...Ke2 8.Qb2+ Kd3 9.Qb3+ Ke2 10.Qa2+ Kd3 leads to the main variation after Black's eleventh move.

8.Qc3+ Ke2

8...Kg4? loses to 9.Ne3+; 8...Ke4? 9.Qd4+ Kf5 10.Ne3+ +-;

8...Kf4? 9.Qf6+ Ke4 10.Qd4+! Kf3 11.Qd5+ winning the Queen safely;

9.Qb2+ Kd3!

White still cannot take the Queen.

9...Kf3? and the skewer 10.Qb7+ wins the Queen.

10.Qb3+ ...

The King is forced to return to the second rank.

10... Kd2

10...Ke4? loses to the skewer 11.Qd5+.

11.Qa2+! Kd3

Now we come to the point of the manoeuvres. The White Queen and Knight form a deadly battery and with a discovered attack along the second rank the enemy Queen will be won. This time there will be no stalemate defence.

12.Nb2+! Ke3

12...Kc3 13.Na4+ +-; 12...Ke2 13.Nc4+ +-;

13.Nc4+ Kf3

14.Ne5+WINS

The King is forced away from the Queen so that White can capture the Lady safely. A very memorable study.

 Gens Una Sumus


Rainer Staudte wins in February

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The winners of the 2003 cumulative competition:  

1st=

Antonio Senatore - Argentina,

Henryk Kalafut - USA,

Alexander Voyna

4th

Gerard 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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