PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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04/07/2004

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 340

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:2r1k3/p1r2R1Q/1p4Bp/3pP1q1/6P1/P7/1P4P1/6K1 b - - 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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Important Message: Analysis of the above ending will appear on August 22nd plus the new position 341. Have an enjoyable holiday.
LAST WEEK, POSITION 339

Genrikh Kasparyan, (1910-1995).

Soviet International Master and Endgame Study Composer. He was finalist or semi-finalist in several Soviet championships. In one of these competitions he beat the young Botvinnik. He won the Armenian championship many times. One of his rivals was the young Petrosian and they had many exciting battles. Kasparyan will be chiefly remembered for his studies. He won many prizes in this field. He was author of "Domination in 2545 Endgame Studies."(1980)

  Kasparyan, 1959

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:6k1/3p4/P2P4/8/5Kp1/1p4Q1/p5p1/b7 w - - 0 1:

White has to counter the threat from the queenside passed pawns whose promotion is imminent. It is too late to block their progress but is it possible to launch an attack against the exposed Black monarch ?

1.Qxg2! ...

The only move to win. A powerful passed pawn is eliminated and the Queen has access to vital attacking squares.

1.Kg5? Kg7 2.Qxg4 Bf6+ 3.Kf5+ Kf8 4.Qxg2 a1Q 5.Qa8+ Kg7 6.Qg2+ Kf8 7.Qa8+ Kf7 8.Qd5+ Kg7 9.Qg2+ =;

1.a7? Be5+ 2.Kf5 a1Q Bxg3 3.a8Q+ Kh7 4.Kf6 Be5+ 5.Kf7 Kh6 6.Qe4 Kg5 7.Qxe5+ Kh4 8.Qe1+ Kh3 9.Ke7 b2 10.Qc3+ g3 11.Qh8+ Kg4 12.Qg8+ Kf4 13.Qc4+ Kg5 14.Qd5+ Kf4 15.Qc4+ Kg5=;

1.Qxb3+? Kg7 2.Qd1 Bf6 3.Qxg4+ Kf8 4.Qxd7 a1Q 5.Qc8+ Kf7 6.Qd7+ Kg6 7.Qg4+ Kf7 8.Qd7+ Kg6 9.Qg4+ Kf7 10.Qd7+ =;

1.Qxg4+? Bg7 2.Qxg2 a1Q 3.Qd5+ Kf8 4.Qa8+ Kf7 5.Qd5+ Kf8 6.Qa8+ =;

1... Be5+

1...Bc3? 2.a7 a1Q 3.a8Q+ Qxa8 4.Qxa8+ Kg7 5.Qb7 b2 6.Qxd7+ Kh6 7.Qf5+-

2.Kf5! ...

2.Kg5? a1Q 3.a7 Bf4+ 4.Kxf4 Qxa7=

2.Kxe5? a1Q+ 3.Kf4 (if 3.Ke4 Kf7 4.Qxg4 Qa4+ 5.Kf3 Qxg4+ 6.Kxg4 b2 7.a7 b1Q 8.a8Q Qg6+ 9.Kf3 Qxd6=) 3...Qd4+ 4.Kg5 b2 5.Qc2 Qxd6 6.a7 Qd5+ 7.Kxg4 Qd4+ 8.Kg5 Qxa7=;

2... a1Q

3.a7! Qxa7

3...Qb1+ 4.Kxe5 Qa1+ 5.Kf5 Qxa7 6.Kg6 Qa5 7.Qe4+- ;

4.Kg6!! ...

Suddenly the Black King is in great danger.

4... Qa1

4...Qa5 5.Qe4 b2 6.Qc4+ Kh8 7.Qc8+ Qd8 8.Qxd8#

4...Bg7 5.Qd5+ Kh8 6.Qf7 Qa1 7.Qe8+ Bf8 8.Qxf8#

5.Qd5+! Kh8

6.Qe4! ...

Black in this position would rather not have the move because any move on his part allows his opponent a quick mating finish.

6... Qa5

6...b2 7.Qxe5+ Kg8 8.Qg7# ;

6...g3 7.Qh4+ Kg8 8.Qd8#; 6...Bxd6 7.Qe8+ Bf8 8.Qxf8#;

7.Qh1+ Bh2

8.Qxh2+ WINS.

Gens Una Sumus
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Rainer Staudte wins in June.

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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