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24/10/2004

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

POSITION 350

WHITE to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:rk1b4/p2p2p1/1P6/2R2P2/8/2K5/8/5B2 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 349

Mikhail Botvinnik, (1911-1995).  

World Champion (1948-57, 1958-1960, 1961-63). Three years after first winning the World Championship Botvinnik had to defend his title against David Bronstein. It was a hard fought clash which produced many exciting games and only one draw < 25 moves. (In marked contrast to a recent WC match). Botvinnik had not taken part in chess competitions since winning the World Championship in 1948. Because of this he was out of form and found it difficult to cope with his brilliant young opponent. But Botvinnik demonstrated his great fighting abilities as he overcame a one point deficit, winning the penultimate game and drawing the final game to thus keep the title. 

 

  Bronstein vs Botvinnik,

WC 1951, Game 10

BLACK to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:3n4/5k2/8/2p1B1pp/1pP1Pp2/1P1K1P1P/8/8 b - - 0 1:

Botvinnik was very critical about his lack of form in this match. Even his home analysis which was one of his strong points in his long career was letting him down. This position arose shortly after the adjournament so it must have been covered in his home analysis. Botvinnik played 1...Ke7? 2.Bg7! Nb7? and could only draw the ending. It was Stahlberg, a former World Championship candidate contender himself, who pointed out the winning move 1... Kg6!! Black has a positional plus here because he has the possibility of creating a passer with a g-pawn breakthrough. If Black can play his Knight safely to d4 then the weak pawns at b3 and f3 look vulnerable. But first Black needs to advance his King and reposition the Knight to prepare the g4 push.

1... Kg6!!

1...Ke7? The move Botvinnik played. Now White plays the Bishop to the short f8-h6 diagonal from where it can harass pawns on both sides of the board tying down the enemy Knight and King. 2.Bg7! Nb7? (With 2... Kf7! and then 3...Kg3! Black would be back to the main line) 3.Bh6 Kf6 4.Bf8 Kf7 5.Bh6! Kg6 6.Bf8 Kf6 7.Ke2 Kf7 8.Bh6 Kg6 9.Bf8 Kf6 10.Kd3 Agreed draw;

2.Bd6 ...

2.Ke2 Nc6! 3.Bd6 Nd4+ 4.Kd3 Nxb3 5.Be7 g4 or 5 ...h4 -+;

2.Bc7 Ne6 3.Be5 transposes to the main line;

2... Ne6!

The knight defends the pawns and threatens to invade via d4. Black is ready to make the important pawn breakthrough.

3.Be5 g4!

4.hxg4 hxg4

5.Ke2 ...

5.fxg4 Kg5 6.Ke2 Kxg4 7.Bf6 Kg3 8.Kf1 Nd4! -+;

5... g3!

Black is threatening to bring the King to h3.

6.Kf1 Kg5

7.Bd6 ...

Now the Knight can get to d4 and either the b or f-pawn will fall.

7... Nd4! 8.Be7+ Kh5 9.Bxc5 Nxf3 10.e5 Nd2+ 11.Ke2 Ne4

12.e6 Kg6 13.Bb6 Ng5 14.c5 f3+ 15.Ke1 f2+ 16.Ke2 Nxe6

17.Kf1 Kf5 18.c6 Ke4 19.Ba7 Nc7! 20.Kg2 Kd3 WINS.

 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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