Easter Endgame Solving Competition

2001 

RESULTS

Edyta Grylak USA

A+

Gerard O'Reilly GB

A

Detlef Groth GER

B

SOLUTIONS

POSITION 1.

Hanauer, 1957

White to play.

 

:2k5/K1p2p2/1p1p2p1/1P1P2P1/P3P2P/8/8/8:

1.Ka8! Kd8 [1...Kd7 2.Kb7 etc.] 2.Kb8 Kd7 3.Kb7 Kd8 4.e5! dxe5 [4...Kd7 5.exd6 Kxd6 6.Kc8 Kxd5 7.Kxc7 Kc5 8.Kb7 Kb4 9.Kxb6 +--].5.d6! cxd6 6.a5! bxa5 7.b6 and after 8.Ka7 White promotes his b6 pawn and wins easily.


POSITION 2.

Neumann vs Steinitz,

Baden-Baden, 1870

White to play.

:5K2/7r/4k2N/8/8/8/8/8:

1.Ng8! White Draws by keeping the Knight close to the King. [ 1.Ng4? was the move played in the game and now 1 ...Rh3! wins the Knight. The move ...Rh3! was missed by Steinitz and the annotators of the game !! ] 1...Rf7+ 3.Ke8 Ra7 4.Kf8 Rf7+ 5.Ke8 Rg7 6.Kf8 (not 6.Nh6? Rg6) Rg6 7.Ne7 Rf6+ 8.Ke8 Rf7 9.Ng8 and Black makes no progress.


POSITION 3.

R. Rey Ardid, 1975

(Finale comes from Berstein vs Marshall, 1937)

Black to Play.

:8/6k1/5pp1/7p/5P2/1Q4PK/P4q1P/8:

1...Qf1+ 2.Kh4 Qg2! 3.h3 [ 3.Qe6 Qxh2+ 4.Qh3 g5+ 5.fxg5 fxg5+ 6.Kxh5 Qxh3+ with a win.] 3...Qe4! 4.g4 [4.Qb5 Kh6! Black wins.] 4...Qxf4 5.Qb6 Qe5 6.Qf2 g5+ 7.Kxh5 Qe8#


POSITION 4.

Kubbel, 1915

White to Play.

:3k4/p2Np2p/q7/P5P1/2p1P1B1/2P5/8/6K1:

1.Nc5! Qc6! [1...Qb5 2.Ne6+ Ke8 (2...Kc8 3.Nd4+ K~ 4.Nxb5 with a win) 3.Nc7+ K~ 4.Nxb5 or 1...Qg6 2.Ne6+ Ke8 3.Bh5! Qxh5 4.Ng7+ Kf7 5.Nxh5 White wins.] 2.Ne6+ Ke8 3.e5!! [Zugzwang.If 3...Qa4 4.Bh5+ Kd7 5.Nc5+ K~ 6.Nxa4 or 3...Qe4 4.Bh5+ Kd7 5.Nc5+ Kc6 6.Nxe4 and White wins].3...a6! 4.Kh2! The queen is lost. 4...h5 5.gxh6 White wins easily.


POSITION 5.

Tarrasch, 1890?

Black to play.

 

:1b6/3k4/PK6/2P5/8/5n2/8/8: 

1...Ba7+! 2.Kb7 [ 2.Kxa7 Kc7 3.Ka8 Nd4 4.Ka7 (4.c6 Nb5 5.a7 Kc8 6.c7 Nxc7#) 4...Nb5+ 5.Ka8 Kc8 6.c6 Kc7 7.a7 Kc8 8.c7 Nxc7#.] 2...Nd4! 3.Ka8 [3.Kxa7 Kc7 4.Ka8 Nb5! and play proceeds as the main line.] 3...Kc6 4.Kxa7 Kc7 5.Ka8 Nb5! 6.c6 Kc8 7.c7 Nxc7+ 8.Ka7 Nd5 9.Ka8 Kc7 10.Ka7 Ne7 11.Ka8 Nc8 12.a7 Nb6#

 
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