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20/06/2004

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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 338

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:4r3/2p5/7R/3k4/2p2PP1/5K2/8/8 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 337

Vitaly Chekhover, (1908-1965)

International Master. Endgame Composer and Analyst. An active player in the 1930's. He achieved his best results in 1936 when he came equal first in two important Soviet tournaments. That year he also decided to start composing endgame studies.

He contributed new ideas in positions which had a natural appearance and he was soon considered to be one of Russia's great composers.

Chekhover became an important member of a team of theoreticians headed by Yuri Averbakh who prepared a kind of encyclopaedia of endings. The second Russian edition was translated into English and known in the West as Comprehensive Chess Endings, published in five volumes by Pergamon Press in the 1980's. It is still regarded as one of the standard works on the endgame.

V. Chekhover, 1956 

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION :K3k3/7b/8/8/8/2p5/B3P3/n5N1 w - - 0 1:

The Black c-pawn is threatening to promote. White has to quickly get his Knight to "c1" to blockade the passed pawn. He plays a deflection sacrifice in order to set up a defence to stop the c-pawn from queening. The latter part of the study becomes a "dance" between the Kings to see who can control the queening square. White in the end has a nice trick in which he can bring about stalemate in the corner of the board or force a draw by repetition.

1.e4! ...

White in order to construct a defence has to give up material.

1.e3? Bd3 2.Bb1 Bxb1 3.Ne2 Be4+ 4.Ka7 c2 5.Nc1 Bd5 6.Kb6 Nb3 and Black wins.

1... Bxe4+

2.Ka7! ...

2.Kb8? Bd3! 3.Bb1! Bxb1 4.Ne2 c2 5.Nc1 Kd8! 6.Kb7 Kd7 7.Kb6 Kd6 8.Kb5 Kd5 9.Kb4 Kd4 10.Ka3 Kc3 11.Ne2+ Kd2 and Black wins.

2... Bd3

2...c2 3.Ne2 Kd7 4.Kb6 Kd6 5.Nc1 and Black can make no progress.

2...Bf3 3.Bb1 Bg4 4.Kb6 Kd7 5.Kc5 Ke6 6.Kd4 c2 7.Bxc2 Nxc2+ 8.Kd3 leading to draw.

3.Bb1!! ...

A wonderful deflection sacrifice so that the Knight can reach the blockading square.

3... Bxb1

4.Ne2 c2

5.Nc1! ...

A remarkable conception. The Knight blockades the pawn and imprisons the Black minor pieces,

5... Ke7

5...Kd7 6.Kb7! Kd6 7.Kb6 Kd5 8.Kb5 Kd4 9.Kb4 Ke4 10.Kc3 Ke3 11.Kb2 Kd2 12.Kxa1 Kxc1 stalemate.

6.Ka6! Ke6

6...Kd6 7.Kb6! Kd5 8.Kb5 Kd4 9.Kb4 Ke4 10.Kc3 Ke3 11.Kb2 Kd2 12.Kxa1 Kxc1 stalemate.

7.Ka5! Ke5

7...Kd5 8.Kb5! Kd4 9.Kb4 Ke4 10.Kc3 Ke3 11.Kb2 Kd2 12.Kxa1 Kxc1 stalemate.

8.Ka4! Ke4

8...Kd4 9.Kb4! Ke4 10.Kc3 Ke3 11.Kb2 Kd2 12.Kxa1 Kxc1 stalemate.

9.Ka3! Ke3

10.Kb2 Kd2

11.Kxa1 Kxc1

Stalemate.

11...Kc3 12.Nb3 Kxb3 stalemate.

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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