PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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02/05/2004

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 331

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/1p6/4p3/p3Nkp1/PbP2P2/8/4K3/1R2n3 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 330

Max Euwe, (1901-1981). 

World Champion 1935-37. Dutch Grandmaster. After losing the World Championship in 1937, Euwe went back to playing chess in his school holidays. For this teacher of mathematics never became a full professional chessplayer although for many years he was ranked among the world's top players. In 1939 he played in a small tournament organised by the Royal Dutch Chess Federation (KNSB) which included the Czech player; Salo Flohr. After his disastrous result in the strong A.V.R.O. tournament Flohr was making a belated comeback. But Euwe seemed to have the measure of him and again he stumbled against the Dutch hero. As his playing strength declined, Euwe turned to important research into opening and endgame theory. In the late 1950’s he collaborated with David Hooper to produce, “Guide to Chess Endings.” This was the first major work on endings in the West for over twenty years.

Euwe vs Flohr

Amsterdam, 1939 

White to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:r3r1k1/1p3p1p/2p1bBpR/4P3/p3P3/3R4/5KPP/5B2 w - - 0 1:

This ending is from a typical last round game in which White had to win in order to catch the leaders. Flohr had played the opening badly and found himself facing Euwe's vigorous kingside attack. He was forced to give up a Bishop for a couple of pawns just to stay in the game. He had compensation for the loss of the Bishop in the form of some very strong passed pawns which would prove difficult to stop if given the opportunity to roll. Euwe is fully committed to the attack on the kingside knowing that if it failed he faced a lost game on the queenside. We follow the moves as played in the game.

1.Be2! ...

White wants to get his other Rook to the h-file but at the moment Black's Bishop is hitting h3. So White prepares g4, shielding h3. Another way to win is to play: 1.g4 Bxg4 (Black has to prevent Rxh7,Rh3+ and Rh8mate) 2.Bh3! Bh5 (3.Rd7 Rf8 4.e6 a3 5.exf7+ Rxf7 6.Be6 +-and also 3.e6 seems very strong) 3.Rxh5! gxh5 4.Rg3+ Kf8 5.Bf5! Rxe5 6.Bxh7 Ke8 7.Rg8+ Kd7 8.Rxa8 and White wins.

1... Ra5

1...a3? 2.g4! g5 3.Rdh3 Bf5 4.gxf5 Rxe5 5.Rxh7 Rxf5+ 6.exf5 a2 7.Rh8 mate;

2.g4 ...

The screen is in place for the attack to continue along the h-file.

2... Rxe5

Black is forced into desperate measures because of the threatened mating attack of Rxh7, Rh3+ and Rh8mate

2...g5 3.Rdh3 Bf5 4.exf5 Raxe5 5.Bf3+-;

3.Bxe5 Bc4

3...Bxg4 4.Bf6! Be6 5.e5 c5 6.Rf3 c4 7.Rf4 g5 8.Bxc4 gxf4 9.Bd3! White wins.

4.Rdh3 Bxe2

4...Rxe5 5.Bxc4 b5 6.Be2 Rxe4 7.Rxh7 Re5 8.Rh8+ Kg7 9.Rb8 Rc5 10.Rb7 Kf6 11.Rf3+ Ke6 12.Rbxf7 b4 13.R3f6+ Kd5 14.Rd7+ Ke5 15.Rdd6 a3 16.Rfe6+ Kf4 17.h4 Rc4 18.Re8 a2 19.Rf6 mate;

5.Bf6 Re6

6.e5 Bxg4

7.Rxh7 Rxf6+

Forced. He has managed to survive the mating attack but the cost has been too high.

8.exf6 Wins.

After 8...Bxh3 9.Rxh3 the ending is hopeless. White can easily stop the advance of the queenside pawns 9...b5 10.Rc3 b4 11.Rxc6 b3 12.Rb6 Kh7 13.Rb4 etc. 

 Gens Una Sumus


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Valdir Uchoa Jr of Brazil wins in April.

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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