PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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18/04/2004

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 329

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/3p1K2/4ppP1/6kb/7p/4N3/5N2/8 w - - 0 1:

It is good training to try initially to solve the endings without the assistance of a chess playing programme.

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 328

Emanuel Lasker, (1868-1941).

German Grandmaster. World Champion from 1894-1921. In 1890 Lasker had a match with the English master H. E. Bird. At this time Lasker was still relatively unknown and most of the experts expected the veteran Bird to defeat the budding German master. Yet Lasker won the match convincingly (+7=3-2) and people began to sit up and take notice of the arrival of this new star.

Lasker vs Bird

Liverpool, 1890

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:7r/1p1b1k2/1P1p2p1/R2P1pP1/2PKpP2/8/4B3/8 w - - 0 1:

In the above ending White has the advantage because of the better King position, and superior pawn structure. He can readily attack Black's weak b-pawn with his pieces. White still has to play with care because Black has a protected passed e-pawn which might prove troublesome. We follow the moves as played in the game:

1.Ra7 ...

Another way to win is to play: 1.c5 dxc5+ (1...Ke7 2.c6! bxc6 3.dxc6 Bxc6 4.Ra7+Ke6 5.Rg7Rb8 6.Bc4+ d5 7.Rxg6+ Kd7 8.Bxd5 Bxd5 9.Kxd5 Re8 10.Rd6+Kc8 11.g6 e3 12.g7 Rg8 (12...e2 13.Re6!) 13.Kc6 Rxg7 14.Re6 Rg8 15.Rxe3 winning) 2.Rxc5! Ke7 3.Rc7 Kd6 4.Rxb7 Rh2 5.Bc4 Rd2+ (Black counter-attacks trying to advance his e-pawn and get his Rook behind the b-pawn) 6.Kc3 Rd1 7.Ra7 Rb1 8.b7 e3 9.Bd3 e2 10.Bxe2 Kxd5 11.Ra5+ Kd6 12.Rb5! winning.

1... Bc8

2.c5 dxc5+

3.Kxc5 Rh2

Passive defence is no good here i.e., 3...Ke8 4.Bb5+ Kd8 5.Kd6 and White has an overwhelming position. Black has to seek counter-chances by activating his Rook and trying to advance his passed e-pawn.

4.Ba6! ...

White goes for the b-pawn knowing that its capture will lead to victory.

4... Ra2

Threatening to win the Bishop but Lasker has it worked out and increases the pressure.

4...e35.Bxb7 Bxb7 6.Rxb7+ Ke8 7.Kd6 Rb2 8.Ke6 Kf8 9.Kf6 Ke8 10.Re7+ Kd8 11.b7 e2 12.Rxe2 Rxb7 13.Kxg6 winning.

5.Bc4! Rc2

6.Ra8 Bd7

6...e3 7.Ra3 e2 8.Re3 Bd7 9.Rxe2 Rc1 (if 9...Rxe2 10.Bxe2 Ke7 11.Ba6 Bc8 12.d6+ Kd8 13.Bc4 Bd7 14.Bf7+-) 10.d6+ Kf8 11.Re7 Bc6 12.Rc7 Ke8 13.Kd4 Re1 14.Bf7+ Kd8 15.Bxg6 Be4 16.Bf7+-;

7.Rd8! Ke7

7...Ba4? 8.d6+ Kg7 9.d7 Bxd7 10.Rxd7+ +-;

8.Rb8 Ba4

8...e3? 9.d6#;

9.Rxb7+...

White achieves his aim and now the rest is easy.

9... Kd8

10.Ra7! Bb3

11.Kd6 WINS.

If 11...Rxc4 12.b7! and White will mate in a few moves.

Like all the world champions Lasker was very strong in the endgame. In his day his superb endgame play stood out from the rest because technique in this phase was still in its infancy among his contemporaries. Experts might argue about various aspects of his playing style but they all were all agreed about his brilliant endgame play. The secret of his success was his positional awareness, deep calculating abilty, fighting spirit (no early draws) and his endless patience. He had no equal in this phase of the game, that is until Capablanca arrived on the scene.

 

 Gens Una Sumus


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Antonio Senatore, Henryk Kalafut and Gerard O'Reilly win in MARCH.

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

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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