PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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07/11/2004

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, Josep S. Blanes and Valdir Uchoa Jr.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 352

WHITE to play and DRAW

 

  FORSYTH NOTATION:7b/2R2Pq1/4b1B1/4P3/8/8/1PP5/K4k2 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 351

Anthony Santasiere, (1904-1977).

American Master and Chess Critic. A colourful American player who won the US Open in 1945 and the New York State championship four times. For over thirty years he was a major contributor to the American Chess Bulletin. Besides chess, Santasiere was keen on art and music. He became a recognized author with books about poetry, chess and a children's novel to his credit.

  Santasiere vS Fine

USA Championship

New York, 1938

WHITE to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:3b4/7p/2KB4/p7/Pp6/1P5k/7P/8 w - - 0 1:

Although Santasiere was attracted to the romantic side of chess and hated the technical aspect, he had a reputation as a tough opponent and could play the final phase to a high standard. In his youth he had drawn games against Lasker, Marshall and Janowski. This ending was played when Reuben Fine was at the height of his career after just completing a very successful European tour.

1.Kd7 ...

White plays to chase away the enemy Bishop from defending the weak a-pawn.

1.Bc5 is also winning, eg 1...Kxh2 2.Kd7 Bg5 3.Bb6 h5 4.Bxa5 h4 5.Bxb4 h3

6.Bd6+ Kg1 7.a5 Be3 8.a6 h2 9.Bxh2+ Kxh2 10.b4 +-;

1... Bb6

2.Be7 Kxh2

3.Kc6 ...

The Bishop is forced to relinquish control of "a5";

3... Bf2

4.Kb5 Kg3

The queenside pawns will now fall.

5. Kxa5 Kf4

6.Kxb4 Ke5

The problem for Black is White can always give up his Bishop for the h-pawn and then obtain a Queen from his connected passed pawns.

7.Bc5! ...

7.a5 is also good. 7...Ke6 8.Bc5 Be1+ 9.Kb5 Kd7 10.a6 Kc8 11.Bd6! Wins;

7...Be1+

8.Kb5 Ke6

9.a5! ...

This is the strongest move. The game continuation was: 9.Kc6 h5 10.b4 h4 11.b5 Bg3 12.Bg1 h3 13.a5 Kf5 14.b6 Ke4 15.a6 Kf3 16.a7 Kg2 17.Bc5 h2 18.a8Q h1Q 19.Kd7+ Kh2 20.Qxh1+ Kxh1 21.Bd6 Black Resigned. The pawn queens after 21... Bf2 22.b7 Ba7 23.Kc6 Kg2 24.Kb5 Kf3 25.Ka6 etc;

9... Kd7

10.a6 Kc7

White now has a pretty win.

11.Bd6+! ...

The King must not be allowed to go to "a8" otherwise Black draws the ending;

11... Kc8

11.Kxd6 a7, Wins;

12.Kc6! Bf2

13.Bc7! Wins.

The Black King cannot move. There is no reasonable answer to the advance of the b-pawn and the creation of a new Queen.

It is interesting that Reuben Fine used this ending in his great classic Basic Chess Endings (1941, 2003) as one of the examples to illustrate the winning process in the class of ending KBpp v KBp.

 

 Gens Una Sumus
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Antonio Senatore, Henryk Kalafut and Gerard O'Reilly win in October.

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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