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19/09/2004

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 345

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:3R4/5p2/4b3/3p1k2/2pP1p2/8/3K2PP/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 344

Ludek Pachman, (1924- 2003).

Czech Grandmaster. Theoretician. Represented his country in all the Olympiads from 1952-1966. A well known author and top theoretician of the opening and middlegame phases of the game. He was arrested and imprisoned for his political activities during the "Prague spring" of 1968. He was later allowed to leave for West Germany and he represented them in the 1976 Olympiad.

L. Pachman, 1970

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:1n6/4p3/pk1P4/1p6/P2K4/1P1N4/8/8 w - - 0 1:

White controls more space in which he can carry out a winning manoeuvre. White's 1.a5+ forces Black into a passive position which makes the defence impossible. The White King and Knight dominate the position and the enemy forces soon have to give way.

 

1.a5+! Kb7

1...Ka7? 2.Kd5 exd6 3.Kxd6 Kb7 4.Ne5 Kc8 5.b4 Kb7 6.Nd7 Nc6 7.Nc5+ +-;

1...Kxa5?? 2.dxe7 now the Knight has to chase after the pawn and Black finds himself in a mating net: 3...Nc6+ 3.Kc5 Nxe7 4.Ne5 b4 5.Nc4 mate;

2.Nc5+ ...

Another way to win which is similar to the main line is to play: 2.Kd5! exd6 3.Kxd6 The King penetrates to the sixth rank and Black soon runs out of reasonable moves. 3... Kc8 (3...Nc6? 4.Nc5+ wins the Knight) 4.Ne5! and White dominates the enemy Knight. 4... Kb7 5.Nd7! Nxd7 6.Kxd7 b4 7.Kd6! Kb8 8.Kc6 Kc8 9.Kb6 Kd7 10.Kxa6 Kc6 11.Ka7 Kc7 12.a6 Kc8 13.Kb6 Kb8 14.Kb5 Ka7 15.Ka5! wins;

2... Kc8

3.Kd5! exd6

Black is forced to exchange the pawns otherwise White soon infiltrates:

3...Kd8? 4.Nb7+ Kd7 5.dxe7 Kxe7 6.Kc5 +-;

4.Kxd6 ...

The White forces dominate.

4... Kd8

5.Ne6+...

White's position is so strong that 5.Nd3 and 5.Ne4 also win.

5... Kc8

6.b4 Kb7

7.Nd4 Kc8

8.Nc6 Nd7

9.Ne7+ Kd8

10.Nd5! ...

Black can no longer defend his pawns.

10...Nf8

10...Nb8 11.Nb6! Ke8 12.Kc7 wins the Knight; 10...Ke8 11.Nc7+ Kd8 12.Nxa6+-;

10...Kc8 11.Nb6+ Nxb6 12.axb6 Kb7 13.Kc5 Kc8 14.Kc6+-;

11.Kc6 Ne6 12.Kb6 Kd7 13.Kxa6 wins.

 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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