Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Endgame study (3)

An endgame study from 1951 by Vladimir Korolkov.

White to move and win.   


1.f7 Ra6+

1...Rf6? 2.Bb2


2.Kb2? Rf6

2...Rxa3+ 3.Kb2 Ra2+

3...Rb3+? 4.Ka2 followed by f8Q+.


4.Kxa2? Be6+ and next Bxf7 with draw.
Also 4.Kc3? Rc2+ 5.Kb4 (5.Kxc2 Bxf5+ and next Kg7 winning the pawn; 5.Kd4?? Rd2+ followed by Rd8) 5...Rb2+ 6.Kc5 Rc2+ 7.Kb6 Rb2+ and black holds draw. If 8.Kc7 then 8...Rb7+ followed by Rxf7.


4...Rc2+? 5.Kd1

5.Kd2 Ra2+ 6.Ke3 Ra3+ 7.Kf4 Ra4+ 8.Kg5

Not 8.Ke5?? Ra5+ and next Rxf5.

8...Rg4+! 9.Kh6!

9.Kxg4? Bxf5+ 10.Kxf5 Kg7 11.Ke6 Kf8 12.Kf6 stalemate.
And on both 9.Kf6 and 9.Kh5 black has 9...Rg8! holding draw.


A better try than 9...Rg6+ 10.Kxg6 Bxf5+ 11.Kf6! followed by f8Q+.

10.Ne7! Be6

10...Rf8 11.Ng6 mate.

11.fxg8Q+! Bxg8 12.Ng6 mate.

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I played my first chess game in December 1977 and was lucky to hold draw. I continued to play chess and joined a chess club in September 1978. I'm still enjoying playing chess. I like to do many other things than playing chess. Long walks, some jogging, cycling, reading books, listen to music, watch movies, writing and much more. Life is fun!