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Christmas Endgame Solving Competition


Edyta Grylak USA


Hendrik Hoffmann GER


POSITION 1. White to play.

Bianchetti, 1926


1.Kh4! [1.Kg3? Kg5;1.Kg4? Kg6 2.Kf4 Kf6 3.Ke4 Ke6 4.Kd4 b3!] 1...Kg6 2.Kg4 Kf6 3.Kf4 Ke6 4.Ke4 Kd6 5.Kd4 b3 [5...Kc6 6.Kc4 Kb6 (6...b3 7.cxb3! Kb6 8.Kb4) 7.Kxb4 Kc6 8.Kc4] 6.cxb3 Kc6 7.Kc4 Kb6 8.Kb4 Kc6 9.Ka5 Wins.
POSITION 2. White to play.

Horwitz, 1872


This is the shortest solution which does not include further pawn moves:1.c3+ Kc5 2.Na4+ Kb5 3.c4+ Ka6 4.Bc6 Bg1 5.Kc2 Bd4 6.Kd1 Bg1 7.Ke2 Bd4 8.Kf1 Bg1 9.Kg2 Bd4 10.Kh3 Bg1 11.Kg4 Bd4 12.Kf5 Bg1 13.Ke6 Bd4 14.Kd7 Bg1 15.Kc8 Be3 16.Bb7#.

POSITION 3. White to Play.

Pogosiants, 1979


1.Rg8+ Kd7 2.Rg7+ Ke8 3.Rh7! c4 4.Kd6 Rd8+ 5.Ke6 Kf8 6.Rh8+ Wins.

POSITION 4. White to Play.



This is a study by Britain's leading endgame composer: 1.Kf2 g3+! 2.Nxg3+ Kh2 3.Nf1+ [3.Bd7 Bd3!=] Kh3 4.Bd7+ [4.Nd2 Bf5! =] Kh4 5.Nd2 Be4! 6.Ke3 [6.Nxe4 stalemate] Bg2 7.Kf4 Bd5 =.

POSITION 5. Black to play.

Bogolyubov vs Nimzovitch,

Bled, 1931



1c3! 2.bxc3 [2.R2xd3 c2 3.Rd1 cxd1Q 4.Rxd1 Rxb2 -+; 2.R8xd3 cxd2 3.Rxd2 Kg4 4.Rc2 g5 -+] 2...Bc4 3.Kd4 Rxa3 4.Rd6 Ra1 5.Kc5 a3 6.h4+ Kh5 7.R2d4 Rf1 8.Rd8 f4 9.Ra8 a2 10.Rxf4 Rxf4 11.gxf4 Kg4 12.Kd6 [12.Ra6 Kxf4 13.Kd4 Kf3 14.Kc5 Ke4 15.Kb4 Kd3 -+] 12Bb3! 13.Ra3 Kxf4 14.Ke7 [14.Kc5 Bc4 15.Kd4 Kg4 16.Ra8 Kxh4 -+] Ke4 15.Kf6 Kd3 Wins.

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