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22/08/2004

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 341

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/7K/1R5B/5k2/1p6/1PP5/pb6/8 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 340

Frederic Yates, (1884 -1932).

He was born in Birstall, Yorkshire and came under the influence of a schoolmaster, a strong player named Illingworth. After early success in the British Championship he became a professional player at a time when English chess was at a low ebb after the glory days of Blackburne. He kept the torch burning, winning the British championship six times and gaining a reputation as a giant killer in international tournaments; he defeated Alekhine on two occassions and Bogoljubow three times. His 1st victory against Alekhine was in the Hastings tournament of 1922 and is shown below. His 2nd victory was at Carlsbad in 1923 and is possibly one of the greatest games ever played by an Englishman in the first half of this century. He died in tragic circumstances, as a result of a defective gas pipe connection in his bedroom. 

Alekhine vs Yates

Hastings, 1922  

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:2r1k3/p1r2R1Q/1p4Bp/3pP1q1/6P1/P7/1P4P1/6K1 b - - 0 1:

Alekhine had sacrificed the exchange for a winning attack but he failed to follow it up properly. His last move before this position was reached was the attractive 1.Rxf7? with the idea of discovered check. But this was a gross blunder which according to Alekhine changed a win into a loss. Now Yates took his opportunity to inflict a painful loss on the player who was eventually to become tournament winner.

1... Rc1+! 

1...Rxf7? 2.Qxf7+ Kd8 3.Qxd5+ Kc7 4.Qd6+ Kb7 5.Be4+ Ka6 6.Qd3+ b5 7.Qd6+ Ka5 8.b4+ Ka4 9.Qa6+ Kb3 10.Qxc8 Qe3+ 11.Kh2 Qxe4 12.Qf5 +-;

2.Kf2 ... 

White is forced to change track. Alekhine had entered this variation thinking the discovered check 2.Rf1+ is very dangerous for Black. But his opponent has a simple reply 2...Kd8 and after 3.Qg8+ the Black King will find refuge at b8 via c7.

 2... Qh4+

Suddenly Black finds he has a wonderful attack against one of the world's greatest players. This was Yates high point in what for him was a disastrous tournament finishing at the bottom of the table.

3.Ke3 Qe1+

4.Kf3 ...  

4.Kd4? Rd1+ 5.Bd3 Rc4+ 6.Kxd5 Rc5+ and Black mates next move.

 4... R8c3+!

 An obvious pseudo sacrifice but still a delight.

 5.bxc3 Rxc3+

6.Bd3 ...  

Forced, otherwise Black mates next move.

6... Qf1+

7.Ke3 ... 

White cannot avoid the exchanges on d3.

If 7.Kg3 Qxf7 and Black wins.

 7... Rxd3+

8.Qxd3 Qxd3+

9.Kxd3 Kxf7 

Now Black has a winning pawn ending because he will gain a passed pawn on the queenside. This will act as a decoy to the White monarch which will be forced to give way for the Black passed d-pawn: 10.Kc3 Ke6 11.Kd4 a6 12.a4 b5 13.a5 b4 14.g3 b3 15.Kc3 Kxe5 16.Kxb3 Kd4 17.Kc2 Ke3 18.Kd1 Kd3 White resigned.

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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