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10/10/2004

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, Rainer Staudte,

Steven B. Dowd, Christos Gitsis and Valdir Uchoa Jr.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 348

WHITE to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION :8/8/p2P2k1/N1P4p/5K2/8/8/3r4 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 347

Frank Marshall, (1877-1944).

American Grandmaster. World Championship Challenger. One of the great charismatic figures of the chess world. He had many tournament successes but his youthful dashing style did not suit the long grind involved in matches. This was evident in his flawed bid for the World Championship against Lasker in 1907 when he didn't win any games.

In 1909 Marshall was involved in another sensational match in his career which was against the young Cuban genius, Capablanca. Although Marshall was heavily beaten in this match there were signs towards the end that he was getting to grips with the style of play of his young opponent as he strung it out with a series of draws. Perhaps then it is not too surprising that in 1913, Marshall inflicted the following cruel defeat on the Cuban in front of his home crowd.

  Capablanca vs Marshall

Havana, 1913

BLACK to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:5B2/8/p3kb1p/3P2p1/2K3P1/5p1P/P7/8 b - - 0 1:

In the late middlegame Capablanca had the advantage but he missed a winning continuation. Worse was to follow as he now threw away the draw. He allowed Marshall to escape into a difficult ending which gave him opportunites because of his advanced passed f-pawn. In this critical position Capablanca has just pushed his pawn 1.d4-d5+?? This blunder allowed the King to advance and shepherd home the passed f-pawn.

Instead of "d5+"Capa could have drawn by playing 1.Kd3! Bxd4 2.Bxh6 Kf6 3.Bf8 Bb6 4.Bd6! =.

1... Ke5!

2.Kd3 ...

2.Bc5 Be7! 3.Bg1 Ke4 4.Bf2 Bd6 5. a4 Bb8 -+;

2... Kf4!

3.Bd6+ ...

3.Bc5 Kg3 4.Ke4 Be7! 5.Bb6 f2 6.Bxf2+ Kxf2 7.Ke5 Kg3 8.a4 Kxh3 -+;

3... Be5

4.Bc5 ...

4. Bxe5+ leads to a lost King and pawn ending 4... Kxe5 5.Ke3 Kxd5 6.Kxf3 Kd4 7.a3 Kc3 8.Ke4 Kb3 9.Kf5 (9.Kd4 Kxa3 10.Kc3 a5 11.Kc4 a4 12.Kc3 Ka2 13.Kc2 a3 -+) 9... Kxa3 10. Kg6 Kb311.Kxh6 a5 12.Kxg5 a4 -+;

4... Kg3

5.Ke4 ...

5.d6 and Black can sacrifice the Bishop 5...Bxd6 6. Bxd6+ Kxh3 -+;

5... Bf4

6.d6 f2

and here Capablanca resigned,

7.Bxf2+ Kxf2 8.Kd5 Bxd6 -+;

7.d7 f1Q 8.d8Q Qf3+ and White loses his Queen.

This is one of the most dramatic endings in the history of chess.

 Gens Una Sumus
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Steven B. Dowd and Valdir Uchoa Jr win in September.

There will be a special prize for the highest placed newcomer in 2004.


The winners of the 2003 cumulative competition:  

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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