Category Archives: Endgames

Endgame Puzzle

Today I won this position with the black pieces. At first sight it looks like black is winning, but white has an incredible resource. Can you find it?

Astazi am castigat cu negru pozitia din diagrama de mai jos. La prima vedere, pare ca pozitia negrului este castigata, insa albul are o resursa incredibila pentru a se apara. O puteti gasi?


Solution:

1. Rf6! In order to save the game, white needs to keep the black king cut and advance the passed pawn. 1… a4  2. e6 – a3  3. e7 – a2  4. Ra6! A nice little tactical trick to force the draw.

1. Tf6! Pentru a salva partida, albul trebuie sa tina regele negru taiat si sa isi avanseze propriul pion liber. 1… a4  2. e6 – a3  3. e7 – a2  4. Ta6! O importanta resursa tactica ce forteaza remiza.Read more

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Endgame solution

After black’s move (24… f6), it’s clear that the pawn on h2 is lost. So, what to do? The idea I got was to play against the bishop on h2, which after f4 looks trapped.

The moves I considered here were 25. Ng4 and 25. Nd3. After 25. Ng4, black responds with 25… h5 26. Nf2 – Bxh2 and now, after 27. f4, threatening to trap the bishop, black plays 27… Bg3, trading the bishop or getting it out via h4. As a result, I played 25. Nd3. The game continued with 25… Bxh2 26. f4 – Bg3, wanting to play Bh4 and regrouping his pieces. The position we are looking at is now this:

I continued my idea by playing 27. Kg2 – Bh4 28. Kh3 – g5. Now, taking advantage of the weaknesses black created in his camp and the fact that he can never capture on f4 because of the bishop hanging on h4, I played 29.Read more

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Endgame practice

I will start this post by wishing all our readers a Happy New Year and many (chess-related, but not only) accomplishments in the freshly started 2015!

It’s been a while since our last entry, so I’m proposing a light warm up with an endgame that occurred in my game against the bulgarian IM Jordan Ivanov in the last round of Dieppe Open in 2014. I was white and, after trading the last pair of rooks on f1, I got the position in the diagram below:

Black’s move here is obvious – the pawn on h2 is weak and only the knight on e5 is preventing the bishop from capturing it. 24… f6 was played in the game. How should white proceed and what is the correct plan in order to hold a draw?

Written by (WIM) Raluca Sgîrcea


Înainte de a trece la „lucuri serioase”, doresc să le urez, în primul rând, cititorilor noştri La Mulţi Ani şi un an nou fericit cu multe realizări (şahiste şi nu numai).Read more

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