PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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21/11/2004

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.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 354

White to play and DRAW

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/2n1pK2/4Pb1P/3P4/p2k4/8/8/8 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 353

Yefim Geller, (1925-1998).

Soviet Grandmaster, World Championship Candidate. He won the Soviet Championship twice: in 1955 he tied with Smyslov, then defeated him in the play-off. Again he won it in 1979 at the age of 54. The closest he came to the World Championship was in 1962 when he was equal second with Keres in the Candidates' tournament, half a point behind Petrosian. 

 

Gligoric vs Geller

Candidates Tournament, 1953

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/3p1k2/3P4/2Pp4/6P1/P3R1K1/2r5 b - - 0 1:

Despite being two pawns down, Black's single passed pawn and his actively placed Rook give him the advantage. Notice that the Black King is cut off from the field of action by the enemy Rook but all this is about to change by the advance of the d-pawn.

1... d3!

The pawn advances and makes way for the monarch, forcing the Rook away from the e-file.

2.Rf2+ ...

2.Rd2? Rc2-+; 2.Re4? d2 3.Rd4 d1Q-+;

2... Ke5!

In the endgame the King becomes an important attacking piece. He is is poised to help in the advance of the d-pawn.

3.Kf3 ...

3.g4 Rc2 4.Kf3 d2 5.Ke2 d1Q+ 6.Kxd1 Rxf2-+ ;

3... Kd4!

It is the King which plays the pivotal role in this ending.

4.g4 ...

4.c5 Rxc5 5.g4 Rxd5 6.Kf4 Kc3 7.Rf3 Kb2 8.g5 d2 9.Rf2 Kb1 10.Rxd2 Rxd2-+;

4... Kc3!?

Perhaps it would have been wiser to take the c-pawn thus suppressing the opponents counterplay which so nearly lead to a draw in the main line: 4... Kxc4! 5.g5 Kc3 6.Kf4 d2 7.Rxd2 Kxd2 8.Kf5 Re1! 9.g6 Kd3 10.g7 Rg1 11.Ke6 Kd4 12.Kxd6 Rg6+ wins;

5.Ke4 ...

A critical move is 5.c5!?, seeking counterplay but Black appears to win by just one tempo; 5... dxc5 6.d6 d2 7.Rxd2 Kxd2 8.Ke4 (8.d7 Rc3+ 9.Ke4 Rd3-+) 8...Rd1! 9.g5 c4 10.g6 Rb1! (10...Re1+ 11.Kd5 Re8 12.Kxc4=) 11.d7 Rb8 12.Ke5 c3-+;

5... Re1+

Also winning is: 5...d2 6.Rxd2 Kxd2 7.g5 Rxc4+ 8.Kf5 Kd3 9.g6 Rc1 10.Ke6 Ke4 11.Kxd6 Kf5 12.g7 Rg1 13.Kc6 Rxg7 14.d6 Ke6 15.a4 Rg2 16.d7 Rc2+ 17.Kb5 Kxd7-+;

6.Kf5 d2

White has no choice but to give up the Rook for the d-pawn.

7.Rxd2 Kxd2

8.g5 Kd3!

Black has to be ready to deal with the coming pawn breakthrough.

9.c5! ...

9.g6 Kxc4 10.g7 Rg1 11.Ke6 Rxg7 12.Kxd6 Rg5-+;

9...dxc5

10.d6 Re8

11.d7 Ra8

White Resigned.

A possible continuation is: 12.g6 c4 13.Kf6 c3 14.Ke7 c2 15.d8Q+ Rxd8 16.Kxd8 c1Q -+ It was a close call with White only a move away from drawing the ending.

 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:  

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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