PRACTICAL CHESS ENDGAME

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12/12/2004

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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Important Notice: The last position for Cumulative 2004 will appear next Sunday on 19st December. I am then taking a break and I will be back on Sunday January 16th with the first position of the new year.

The winners of the 2004 cumulative competition will be announced in the New Year.
THIS WEEK

POSITION 357

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/5k2/5p2/2P3p1/1P4R1/4K3/7r/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 356

Mario Matous, (1947- ).

Czech player and endgame composer. An engineer by trade who has composed nearly 200 studies of high quality. He has won many prizes.

Matous, 1980

White to play and WIN 

FORSYTH NOTATION:8/qb6/8/2p5/2Q5/8/8/3BKn1k w - - 0 1:

Queen endings with few pawns and pieces left on the board are usually difficult to analyse because of the many options opened to the Queens. Here the task is relatively easy because it is the White Queen who dominates. The other Queen is hampered by her own side.

1.Kf2! ...

1.Qxf1+? Kh2 2.Qf2+ Bg2 3.Qh4+ Kg1 4.Qf2+ Kh2 5.Qf4+ Kg1=;

1.Qh4+? Nh2 and Black has the advantage;

1... Bg2

Black meets the threat of 2.Qxf1+.

1... Qa6? 2.Bf3+! diverting the Bishop from the defence of the queen.

1...Nh2? 2.Bf3+ Nxf3 3.Qf1+ Kh2 4.Qg2 mate;

2.Bf3 ...

Threatening mate in two moves.

2... Qg7!

2... Bxf3? 3.Qxf1+ Kh2 4.Qg1+ Kh3 5.Qg3mate;

3.Qh4+! ...

3.Qxf1+ Kh2 4.Qg1+ Kh3 5.Bxg2+ Kh4 6.Qh2+ Kg5 7.Qg3+ Kf6=;

3... Nh2

4.Qh8! ...

A wonderful concept. The Queen cannot be taken because of the threatened Bishop mate at "g2" and the checking threat on the a1-h8 diagonal is met. The White Queen now dominates the other Queen and forces her to "g8".

4... Qg6

5.Qh7! Qg5

6.Qh6! ...

6.Qb1+? Nf1 7.Qxf1+ Kh2 8.Qg1+ Kh3 9.Bxg2+ Kh4 10.Qh2+ Kg4=;

6... Qg8

Black has been forced to this square, guarding against the Bishop mate. Pinning the Bishop by 6... Qf5 allows mate in three: 7.Qc1 Nf1 8.Qxf1 Kh2 9.Qxg2mate;

But because the Black Queen has been pushed to"g8" White now has a similar variation shown on move six, but now it leads to a devastating skewer .

7.Qc1+ Nf1 8.Qxf1+ Kh2 9.Qg1+ Kh3 10.Bxg2+ Kh4 11.Qh2+ Kg5 12.Qg3+ winning the Queen.

 Gens Una Sumus


Richard Forster IM, author of Amos Burn, A Chess Biography (Mcfarland&Co 2004) comments on the Taubenhaus-Burn ending, position 355:

".......thanks for drawing my attention to these drawing lines. A pity - the ending had really looked very smooth...I think your final judgement on 19th century analysis is a bit harsh, however. How many trivial mistakes can one find even today! And sitting at our computers, we should not forget how Steinitz had to analyse several hundred games for that (tournamemt) book - without Fritz and friends ! "

The Amos Burn biography is a magnificent achievement. It has some nice Victorian touches; the photographs etc. At nearly a 1000 pages it is a "big book" in every sense. It is not only about Burn but about chess in the late 19th and early 20th century. Please do some "googling" and read the rave reviews.

* We wish Richard every success with his book *


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Rainer Staudte wins in November.

 

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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Position 329

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