PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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16/01/2005

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, Gerard O'Reilly, Henry Kalafut, Josep S. Blanes and Valdir Uchoa Jr,
THIS WEEK

POSITION 359

White to play and WIN

:3N4/2p5/8/3q4/3k4/8/3PKP2/R7 w - - 0 1:

It is good training to try initially to solve the endings without the assistance of a chess playing programme.


POSITION 358

David Przepiorka, (1880-1942?).

Polish Player and Endgame Composer. He was a true patriot who used his own wealth to finance various chess events and especially the Polish teams visit to the 1939 Buenos Aires Olympiad. His best result was when he came 1st at Munich in 1926 ahead of Bogoljubow and Spielmann. He played in two Olympiads, Hamburg 1930 and Prague in 1931. In 1942 he was arrested by Nazi soldiers, while attending a meeting of the Warsaw chess circle. He died soon afterwards in Auschwitz concentration camp.

Fred Reinfeld, the famous American chess writer dedicated his book, The Unknown Alekhine to his memory and to other chess masters who died in the Holocaust.

 

Przepiorka, 1910

White to play and WIN

 

:R4n1/4n2p/4K2P/6P1/1pk5/8/8/8 w - - 0 1:

This position comes from a study by the Polish composer. In the original study the Rook was at "a8" and the Black King at "c5". Some sources say that the original position was not a study but it came from an actual game. If this is so, I have been unable to trace the game. I expect that an actual over-the-board contest was the inspiration for the study. The composers main line:

1.Rxg8! Nxg8

2.g6 ...

Black now has a number of replies. The most natural is to seek to promote the b-pawn which is the main line.

2... hxg6 3.h7 b3 4. hxg8Q b2 5.Qxg6 Wins; 2... Nxh6 3.gxh7 Ng4 4,h8Q Wins;

2... b3

3.gxh7 b2

3... Ne7 4.h8Q! (4.Kxe7? and White has a difficult win: 4... b2 5.h8Q b1Q). 3... Nxh6 4.h8Q Wins;

4.hxg8Q b1Q

5.h7 Qe4+

White replies with a nice discovered check.

6.Kd6+ ...

White could still fall into a diabolical trap. Sutherland and Lommer 1234 Modern End-game Studies (1938) give:

6.... any (?)

7.h8Q wins.

But this is not quite correct. For the replies: 6... Kb4 or 6... Kc3 promoting the pawn 7.h8Q+ wins; But Black could try the cunning 6...Kd3! and now if 7.h8Q?? (swapping the Queens with7.Qd5 + easily wins) Black has a perpetual starting with 7...Qb4! A rare position: one Queen drawing against two enemy Queens at g8 and h8 !!

 

Gens Una Sumus


The winners of the 2004 cumulative competition:  

1st =

Antonio Senatore - Argentina,

Gerard O'Reilly - England

2nd

 

Henryk Kalafut - USA,

 

Newcomer Prizes

Rainer Staudte, Valdir Uchoa

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