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12/09/2004

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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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POSITION 344

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:1n6/4p3/pk1P4/1p6/P2K4/1P1N4/8/8 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 343

Dzhemal Makhatadze

Top Georgian Endgame Composer. Has been composing for over five decades and has won many prizes.

D. Makhatadze, 1971

White to play and DRAW

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:6b1/5Pnk/R4P2/1K6/7B/2r4P/1p6/8 w - - 0 1: 

This is a wonderful endgame study which leaves a deep impression on any aficionado who tries to unlock it's secrets. The solution consists of a number of different phases spread over a long series of moves. Each phase has a different material setting and a different theme. Firstly White meets the threatened queening of the b-pawn leading to a mating attack by the creation of two super Knights. Notice the intricate wheel movement of the Knights as the chase the Black King round the edge of the board. The finale consists of a lone Knight battling against a Queen to force a drawn position.

 

White has to meet Blacks immediate threat of queening the b-pawn leading to a mating attack. The White f7 pawn is ready to be promoted. Promoting to a Queen does not stop the attack. This can only be acheived by the creation of a Knight with check.

1.f8N+! ...

1.f8Q b1Q+ 2.Qb4 Bc4+ 3.Kc5 Qf5+ 4.Kb6 Qe6+ 5.Kc5 Qc8+ 6.Kb6 Qxa6+ 7.Kc7 Be6+ 8.Qxc3 Ne8+ 9.Kd8 Qd6+ 10.Kxe8 Qd7+ 11.Kf8 Qf7mate.

1... Kh6

1...Kh8 2.Ng6+ Kh7 3.Nf8+ is just a repetition of moves.

2.f7+! Kh5

2...Ne6!? 3.Rxe6+ Kg7 The Black b-pawn can be allowed to promote and the play leads to an unusual type of positional draw: 4.Bf6+ Kxf7 5.Bxc3 b1Q+ 6.Bb4 Qd3+ 7.Kb6 Qxh3 and neither side can make any progress;

3.Rh6+! ...

This Rook sacrifice allows the creation of another Knight and this duo keeps White's chances of surviving alive.

3... Kxh6

4.fxg8N+! Kh5

5.Nf6+ Kxh4

6.Ng6+ Kxh3

7.Nf4+ Kh2

7...Kg3 8.Ne2+; 7...Kh4 8.Ng2+ Kg3 9.Ne4+;

8.Ng4+ Kh1

9.Nf2+ Kg1

10.Ne2+ Kxf2

11.Nxc3 Ke1

Now we move to another stage. The NPvN ending is very instructive.

12.Kb4 Kd2

13.Kb3 Kc1

14.Na2+ Kb1

15.Nb4 ...

White still has to play accurately.

15.Nc3+?? Ka1 and Black wins: 16.Kc2 Ne6 17.Kd3 Nc5+ 18.Kc2Ne4 19.Nb1 Ka2 -+;

15...Ne6 16.Nd3 Nc5+ 17.Nxc5 Ka1 18.Ka3 b1Q 19.Nb3+DRAW.

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