Winners of the Endgame Solving Competition.



David Rowe of England Wins the Human Section.

Grade B-








Peter Short of Canada Wins the Computer section with GENIUS 3.

Grade B-






Solutions to the Positions

POSITION 1. White to play & WIN

S Loyd, 1859

FORSYTH NOTATION:5rr1/7k/2p1p3/4K3/p7/8/1R6/3R4:

1.Rh1+ Kg7 2.Rg1+ Kf7 3.Rf1+ Ke8 [3...Ke7 4.Rb7+ Kd8 (4...Ke8 5.Rxf8+ Kxf8 6.Kf6 Ke8 7.Rb8++-) 5.Kd6 Kc8 6.Rfb1 Rd8+ 7.Kxc6 and black is mated.] 4.Rxf8+ Rxf8 [4...Kxf8 5.Kf6+-] 5.Kxe6 and white wins.

POSITION 2. White to play & WIN

Ed Lasker v K Moll

Berlin Championship, 1909

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/5pp1/7p/5P1P/2p3P1/2k5/5P2/2K5:


[1.f4?? the moved played in the game which loses to 1...f6! and there is no hope of a break on the kingside. 2.g5 Kd4-+]



White is threatening to free the h-pawn.


3.g5 fxg5

4.fxg5 Ke5

5.gxh6 Kf6

6.Kc2! c3


and Black cannot stop the h-pawn from queening.
POSITION 3. White to play & WIN

V Nestorescu, 1954


FORSYTH NOTATION:8/8/2p1b3/8/8/3Q4/4K3/k1r5:

1.Qe3! [1.Kd2? Rc4] 1...Bc4+ [1...Rc2+ 2.Kd1 Bf5 3.Qe5+; 1...Bg4+ 2.Kd2 Kb1 3.Qe4+] 2.Kd2 Kb1 The King is tied to defending the Rook.White now wins by a succession of checks. 3.Qe4+ Kb2 4.Qe5+ Kb1 5.Qf5+ Kb2 6.Qf6+ Kb1 7.Qg6+ Kb2 8.Qg7+ Kb1 9.Qb7+ Bb5 10.Qh7+ Kb2 11.Qg7+ Kb1 12.Qg6+ Kb2 13.Qf6+ Kb1 14.Qf5+ Kb2 15.Qe5+ Kb1 16.Qe4+ Kb2 17.Qb4+ 1-0 This ascending and decending movement with the Queen to get to a critical square b4 makes this study special. Once seen never forgotten.

POSITION 4. White to play & WIN

A Branton, 1949

FORSYTH NOTATION:2b2K2/3p3k/p7/8/3N4/8/6B1/8: 

1.Be4+ Kh8 [1...Kh6 2.Nf5+ Kg5 3.Nd6 Kf4 4.Bb1] 2.Nf3 d5! 3.Bg6! Be6! 4.Ng5 Bg8 5.Bh7! Be6! 6.Bb1! [6.Bc2 Bg8 7.Bb3 a5 8.Ba2 a4] 6...Bg8 7.Ba2 a5 8.Bb3 a4 9.Ba2 a3 Playing 9... Be6 would extend the length of the solution.After taking the Bishop the Black pawns would have to be mopped up and the King driven to a corner the same colour as the Bishop. 10.Bb3 a2 11.Bxa2 d4 12.Bxg8 d3 13.Nf7#




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