PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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16/05/2004

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.

Thanks to Steven B. Dowd, Antonio Senatore, Henryk Kalafut, Jon Palmer, Gerard O'Reilly and Valdir Uchoa Jr.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 333

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/8/4P2R/bB6/6P1/8/5kpK/2n4b 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 332

Lev Polugayevsky, (1934-1995).

Soviet Grandmaster. World Championship Candidate. Tied for 1st in the Soviet Championship in three consecutive years 1967, 1968 and 1969 (He lost to Petrosian in the playoff). For a decade he was among the top six players in the world but he could not get past Karpov or Korchnoi in the Candidates.

 

Polugayevsky vs Mecking

Manila, 1975

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/5pp1/7p/7P/1p1K1PP1/kP6/P1R5/4r3 w - - 0 1:

Black played for this position thinking he could hold the ending a pawn down. He was hoping that his King at "a3" would tie the White Rook to the defence of the a-pawn. The Rook at "e1" cuts off the White King from the kingside. But Black had underestimated White's threat of playing his Rook to the seventh rank hitting his kingside pawns:

 

1.Rc7! Rg1

1... Kxa2 2.Rxf7 Kxb3 3.Rxg7 Black's passed pawn looks strong but White will be able to give up his Rook and win with his own pawns supported by his King. 3... Kc2 4.Rg6 b3 5. Rxh6 b2 6.Rb6 b1Q 7.Rxb1 Rxb1 8.g5 Rb4+ 9. Ke5 Rb5+ 10. Kf6 Rb6+ 11. Kg7 Kd3 12. f5 winning easily.

2. Rxf7 Rxg4

3.Ra7+! Kb2

4.Ke5 Rg2

4... Rh4 5. Rxg7 Kxa2 6. Rg3 Rxh5+ 7. f5 with an easy win; 

5. Kf5 Kb1  

Polugayevsky in his notes to this ending mentions that 5... Kc3 might have been stronger with the intention of bringing the King back to help with the defence; 6.Ke6 g6 7.hxg6 Rxg6+ 8.Kf7 Rg2 9.f5 h5 10.f6 White is wining as he can easily cope with the h-pawn.

6.Rb7! Kxa2

7.Rxb4 Kb2

8.Rb6 Rc2

9.Kg6 Resigned. 

9... Rg2+ 10.Kh7 (Black has no real answer to the attack on the g-pawn) 10...Rf2 11.Kxg7 Rxf4 12.Kxh6 and White has an easily won game. 

 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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