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30/05/2004

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 335

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/8/p3k3/P1K5/8/8/3R4/5b2 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 334

Savielly Tartakower, (1887-1956).  

International Grandmaster and chess author. In the world's top ten for many years. Although born in Russia, he lived most of his later life in Paris. He played for Poland in the 30's and was champion of that country in 1935 and 1937. He was a fine writer and annotator; with du Mont he compiled the best collection of games for the first half of the 20th century: 500 Master Games of Chess (1952). He enjoyed paradoxes and making up witty epigrams, many of which became famous.

 

Tartakower vs Yates,

New York, 1924

White to play and WIN

  

FORSYTH NOTATION

:8/1r5p/1p1k2p1/2nP1pP1/2PK1P2/3B4/2P5/7R w - - 0 1:

This ending is from one of the most famous chess tournaments ever held. The 1924 New York tournament attracted three players who held the World Championship: Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine.

Tartakower had a sense of adventure and he loved to experiment at chess. It was in the very next round he produced his hypermodern "Orangutang Opening" which had been inspired by his visit to the Bronx Zoo where he met Susan their prize orangutan.

So hours before this wonderful creative achievement Tartakower is faced with an ending where he has the advantage. He is a pawn up, but the position looks very blocked. However, he finds a brilliant way through. We follow the moves as played in the game:

1.Bxf5! ...

This was the sealed move and played after careful consideration. Tartakower was mildly rebuked by his colleagues for playing on in a supposedly blocked position but he answered their critIcism with this wonderful conception.

1... Rf7

Acceptance of the Bishop would lead to an untenable position: 1...gxf5 2.Rh6+ Ke7 3.Rxh7+ Kf8 4.Rxb7 Nxb7 and White's pawns prove far too strong 5.Ke5 Na5 6.Kxf5 Nxc4 7.Ke6 etc.

2.Rb1! ...

This really is the point of the sacrifice.

2... Kc7

2...Rxf5? 3.Rxb6+ Kc7 4.Kxc5 Rxf4 5.d6+ +-;

2...Na4 3.Be4 Rxf4 4.Rb4 Nc5 (4...Nc3 5.Kxc3 Rxe4 6.c5++- ) 5.Rxb6+ Kd7 6.Kxc5 Rxe4 7.Rb7+ Kc8 8.Rxh7+-;

2...Rb7? 3.Bg4 and White has won a second pawn and has an easily won game.

3.d6+ Kd8?

A weak move. Not 3...Kxd6? 4.Rxb6+ Kc7 5.Rf6 wins.

But Yates could have made the win problematic for his opponent with: 3...Kc6! 4.Be4+ Nxe4 5.Kxe4 Kxd6 6.Rxb6+ Kc5 7.Rf6! Rd7 (...Re7+ may be better because it kicks the King away from the kingside pawns) This is a difficult Rook & pawn ending to try and win because of Black's active pieces. If the kingside pawns are exchanged Black should draw against the doubled c-pawns . White's only winning chance is to try and create a passed pawn on the kingside with: 8.f5!! gxf5+ 9.Kxf5 Kxc4 10.Kg4!! Rc7 11.Kh5 Kd4 12.Kh6 Ke4 13.c4 Ke5 ( 13...Rxc4 14.Kxh7+-; 13...Kd4 14.Rf8 Kxc4 15.Rh8 Kd5 16.Rxh7+-) 14.c5 Ke4 15.Rf8 Ke5 16.Rh8! winning the h-pawn and the game.

 4.Bh3! Rxf4+

5.Kd5 Nd7

5...Na4 6.Ra1 Nc3+ 7.Ke6 Re4+ 8.Kf7 wins;

6.Ra1 Kc8

7.Ra7 Resigned.

7...Rf7 8.Kc6 and Black will lose a piece.

 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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