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31/10/2004

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 351

WHITE to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:3b4/7p/2KB4/p7/Pp6/1P5k/7P/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 350

K. A. Leonid Kubbel, (1891-1942).

Soviet Endgame Composer, Problemist and Strong Player. Kubbel saw himself firstly as a problemist. His early studies were compiled when he was only 13 years old and they showed his great talent. Leonid Kubbel along with Troitzky, Rink and the Platov brothers were leading the emerging art of endgame study composing. With the early composers he explored and added the strategic themes of the problemists to the genre of the endgame study. Kubbel composed over 500 endgame studies. He believed that practical play was also important to a composer because it gave confidence in composing.

K. A. L. Kubbel 

Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1936

WHITE to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:rk1b4/p2p2p1/1P6/2R2P2/8/2K5/8/5B2 w - - 0 1:

In an early study published in 1895, Troitzky (1866-1942) had shown in a simple setting how a lone Bishop could mate the King. Kubbel had become fascinated with this theme and tried to add rich content to the original idea. It was fitting that this study was published with a dedication to the founder of the modern endgame study on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

White plays for the Troitzky mate !!

1.Rc8+! ...

1.b7? Kxb7 2.Bg2+ Kb6 3.Kc4 Rb8 =+;

1.Bg2? axb6 2.Bxa8 bxc5 3.Bd5 Kc7 4.Kd3 Kd6 5.Ke4 Bf6 6.Bc4 =+;

1... Kxc8

1...Kb7? 2.Bg2+ Kxc8 3.b7+ +-;

2.Ba6+ Kb8

3.b7 Bb6

No better is 1... Bf6+ 4.Kc4 Be7 5.Kd5 Ba3 6.Ke5 Bf8 7.f6 g6 8.f7 Be7 9.f8Q+ Bxf8 10.Kf6 etc;

4.Kc4 Bc7

4...Be3 5.Kd5 Bf4 6.Ke4 Bh2 7.f6! gxf6 8.Kf5 Be5 9.Kg6 d5 10.Kf7 d4 11.Ke7 d3 12.Kd7 d2 13.bxa8Q+ Kxa8 14.Kc8 d1Q 15.Bb7 mate;

5.Kd5 Bg3

In order to set up the Troitzky mate White has to get his King to "d7". The Black Bishop guards the "d6 "gateway so White sacrifices the f-pawn to find another way.

6.f6! gxf6

7.Ke4 Bh2

7...Be5 8.Kf5 Bc3 9.Kg6 f5 10.Kf7 f4 11.Ke7 f3 12.Kxd7 f2 13.bxa8Q+ Kxa8 14.Kc8 f1Q 15.Bb7mate;

8.Kf5 Be5

9.Kg6 d5

Black advances his pawn but to no avail.

10.Kf5 ...

10.Kf7 d4 11.Ke7 d3 12.Kd7 d2 13.bxa8Q+ Kxa8 14.Kc8 d1Q 15.Bb7mate;

10... d4

11.Ke6 d3

11...Kc7 12.bxa8Q d3 13.Qb7+ Kd8 14.Qd7#;

12.Kd7 ...

The King reaches his destination just in time. Everything is ready for the grand finale.

12... d2

13.bxa8Q+ Kxa8

14.Kc8 d1Q

15.Bb7 MATE.

The Troitzky mate in its original form.

 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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