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12/06/2004

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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 337

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION :K3k3/7b/8/8/8/2p5/B3P3/n5N1 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 336

Henrique Mecking, (1952- ).

Brazilian Grandmaster. World Championship Candidate. Child prodigy of the 1960s. He has the remarkable record of winning two strong FIDE Interzonal tournaments; Petropolis 1973 and Manila 1976. In 1974 he narrowly lost to Korchnoi in the Candidates and in 1977, again in the Candidates, he was narrowly defeated by Polugayevsky. In 1979, due to illness, he decided to put his chess career on hold but recently he has made a much-welcomed return to the game.

Mecking vs Tal,

Las Palmas, 1975

White to play and WIN

 

FORSYTH NOTATION

:3b4/3k1pn1/1p3p2/p2K3p/2P2P1P/2N3P1/P1B5/8 w - - 0 1: 

Mecking got off to a good start at the 1975 Las Palmas tournament by beating Tal in a game which came down to this ending. Black is in a difficult position because his King is tied to the defence of his weak pawns whereas the White King is very active. White has the better placed Knight and Bishop which can dominate the key squares. The pawns at f7 and h5 are especially weak because they can be attacked by the Bishop. Despite the presence of opposite-coloured Bishops, White's supreme positional advantage will bring him victory. The main line is the actual series of moves played in the ending:

1.Ba4+! ...

The Black King is forced to give way. He cannot defend both flanks.

1... Ke7

1...Kc7 2.Nb5+ Kb7 3.Nd6+ Kc7 4.Ne8+ Nxe8 5.Bxe8 and the kingside pawns will fall.

White now attacks the b-pawn.

2.Kc6! Nf5

Black counter-attacks with the Knight.

3.Nd5+ Ke6

4.Nxb6 ...

The c-pawn has now become a powerful passer.

4... Nd4+

Taking the g-pawn is not much better: 4...Nxg3 5.c5 f5 6.Bb3+ Ke7 7.Nc8+ Kf8 8.Kd7 Bxh4 9.c6 Ne4 10.c7 Nf6+ 11.Kc6 Ne8 12.Nd6 Nxc7 13.Kxc7 Bg3 14.Nxf5 Bxf4+ 15.Kb6 Bg5 16.Kxa5 h4 17.Bd5! h3 18.a4 h2 19.Kb5 Bd2 20.a5 Be1 21.a6 Bf2 22.Ng3 Ke7 23.Kc6 Kd8 24.Kb7 Kd7 25.Nf1+-;

5.Kb7 Kd6

Black wants to organise a blockade against the c-pawn but he has too many other weaknesses for it to be successful.

5...Be7 6.Nd5 Bc5 7.Bd1 Nf5 8.Bxh5 Nxg3 9.Bf3 +-;

6.Nd7! ...

White gets ready to advance the c-pawn.

6... Ne6

7.Kc8 Be7

8.Bd1! ...

The Bishop attacks and will win the weak h5-, and then the f7-pawn. Tal has had enough and resigns. He has no answer to the increasing pressure on both flanks. One possible continuation is: 8...Nc5 (8...Ng7 9.c5+ wins) 9.Nxc5 Kxc5 10.Bxh5 Kxc4 11.Bxf7+ and the opposite-coloured Bishop ending is hopeless.

Tal recovered from this loss to come equal second with Mecking and Andersson in the Las Palmas tournament.

 

Gens Una Sumus
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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- Ukraine

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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