PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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05/09/2004

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.

Thanks to Antonio Senatore, Henryk Kalafut, Gerard O'Reilly, Steven B. Dowd and Valdir Uchoa Jr.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 343

White to play and DRAW

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:6b1/5Pnk/R4P2/1K6/7B/2r4P/1p6/8 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 342

Jose Capablanca, (1888-1942).

World Champion 1921-1927. Cuban Grandmaster and chess writer. In the Moscow tournament of 1936 Capablanca regained his great strength. He remained undefeated in this great event and came 1st ahead of a field which included such world class players as Botvinnik, Lasker, Levenfish and Flohr. Again we see his great gifts to the fore: his strength , energy, ease and accuracy in the endgame.

 

Kan vs Capablanca

Moscow, 1936

Black to play and Win

FORSYTH NOTATION :8/8/2pp1k2/1pp1pP2/4P3/P1PK2p1/1P2R1P1/5r2 b - - 0 1:

It is worth playing through the complete game to see how Capablanca carefully nursed his small positional gains to achieve this winning position in the ending. He has gradually weakened his opponent on both flanks and is now ready for the pawn advance in the centre. Notice how the active Black Rook cuts off the enemy King from the critical squares and takes care of White's counter-attack. We follow the moves as played in the game:

  1... d5!

Black threatens to win a pawn.

2.b3 ...

This move meets the threat of 2... c4+ 3. Ke3 Rf4 -+;

2.exd5? cxd5 and Black gets a powerful passed pawn on the e-file and the White pawn at "f5" will be captured . 2.Re3? c4+ 3.Kd2 Rf2+ -+;

2... c4+

3.bxc4 bxc4+

4.Ke3 ...

If 4.Kd2 Ra1 5.Re3 Ra2+ 6.Ke1 Rxg2 +-:

4... Ra1!

Black keeps it simple and snuffs out any counterplay based on the a-pawn.

5.Kf3 Rxa3

Kan decides to go out fighting on the kingside.

6.Kxg3 Rxc3+

7.Kh4 Rc1!

8.g4 ...

This is White's final gamble; to push the kingside connected passed pawns, but...

8... Rh1+

....Capablanca is alert and destroys Kan's last chance.

9.Kg3 d4

10.Ra2 ...

If 10.Kg2 d3 11.Rd2 Re1 12.Kf3 Kg5-+

The Black connected passed pawns decide the outcome.

10...d3 11.Kg2 Re1 (Winning also is 11...c3! 12.Kxh1 d2) 12.Kf2 Rxe4 13.Kf3 White Resigned. 

Capablanca made a special study of Rook and pawn endings and when he had a slight positional advantage he was devastating. Many of his endings have become classical and will repay careful study. They are an important part of the beautiful inheritance of chess.

 Gens Una Sumus
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Antonio Senatore, Henryk Kalafut, and Gerard O'Reilly win in July/August

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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