08 July 2011

Brilliant Endgame Studies Galore (I)

There are so many great studies! I've selected several dozens for you and will show ten of them each week. Hopefully, you do not know all of them already.

L. J. Bodding
Sissa, 1853
[8/8/8/pP6/6p1/pk4Pp/7P/2K5]
  Win(4+5)  
      1. Kb1 a2+ 2. Ka1 Kb4 3. b6 Ka3 4. b7 a4 5. b8=N
5. b8=D,T? stalemate
5. b8=B? Kb3 6. Bd6,e5 Kc4! 7. Ka2 Kd5! followed by Ke4-f3-g2xh2
5. - Kb3 6. Nc6,d7 Kc3 7. Ne5 Kd2 8. Nxg4 Ke2 9. Ne5 Kf2 10. g4 Kg2 11. g5 Kxh2 12. g6 Kh1 13. g7 and wins.

L. J. Bodding
Sissa, 1853
[8/8/8/pP6/8/pk5p/7P/2K5]
  Win(3+4)  
      1. Kb1 a2+ 2. Ka1 Kb4
There's no problem after 2. - Ka3 3. b6 a4 4. b7 Kb3 5. b8=Q+.
3. b6 Ka3 4. b7 a4 5. b8=B! and wins.
Not 5. b8=N? Kb3 6. Nc6 Kc2 7. Ne5 Kd2 8. Nf3+ Ke2.

V. Platov
Rigaer Tageblatt, 1905
3rd Prize
[R7/1p4p1/2q4p/1N6/4kP2/6P1/2PPp3/4K3]
  Win(7+6)  
      1. Re8+ Kd5
1. - Qxe8 2. Nd6+
1. - Kf5 2. Nd4+
2. Re6! Qc4
2. - Kxe6 3. Nd4+
2. - Qxe6 3. Nc7+
2. - Qxb5 3. Re5+
2. - Qd7 3. Rd6+
2. - Qxc2 3. Re5+ Kc4/Kc6 4. Na3+/Nd4+
2. - Qc8 3. Re5+ Kc4/Kc6 4. Nd6+/Na7+
3. Re4! Qc6!
3. - Kxe4 4. Nd6+
3. - Qxe4 4. Nc3+
3. - Qa2 4. Nc3+
4. d3 (thr. 5. Re5#) Qf6
4. - Qd7 5. Rd4+
4. - Kc5 5. Rc4+
5. Re5+ Kc6 6. Re6+ Qxe6 7. Nd4+ and 8. Nxe6

V. Kivi
Revista Romana de Sah, 1938
1st Honourable Mention
[2N5/8/2k5/8/4p3/2p1P3/6K1/5B2]
  Win(4+3)  
      1. Ne7+!
1. Bb5+? Kxb5 2. Nd6+ Kb4! 3. Nxe4 c2 4. Nf2 Kc4!
1. - Kb7!
1. - Kc5 2. Nf5 c2 3. Nd4 c1=Q (3. - c1=N 4. Kg3 Kd5 5. Kf4 Na2 6. Bg2) 4. Nb3+
1. - Kd6 2. Nf5+
1. - Kd7 2. Bb5+ Kxe7 3. Ba4
1. - Kb6,c7 2. Nd5+
2. Ba6+! Ka8
2. - Kxa6 3. Nd5 c2 4. Nb4
2. - Ka7,b8 3. Nc6+ K~ 4. Nd4
3. Nc6! c2 4. Bb7+ Kxb7 5. Na5+ Kb6 6. Nb3 and wins.

H. Rink
Chess Amateur, 1916
1st Prize
[3n2k1/3N4/7P/6N1/8/K7/7P/4b3]
  Win(5+3)  
      1. Nf6+
1. h7+? Kg7! 2. Nf6 Bh4! 3. Nfe4 Bxg5 4. Nxg5 Nb7 5. Kb4 Nd6 6. Kc5 Ne8
1. - Kh8
1. - Kf8 2. h7 Kg7 3. Nh5+ Kh8 4. Nf4 Kg7 5. Ng6 Nf7 6. Nxf7
2. Nf3 Bc3
2. - B~ 3. Nh4 4. Ng6#
3. Nd5 Ba5
3. - Ba1 4. Ka2
4. Ka4 Nb7 5. Kb5 Bd8 6. Kc6 Na5+ 7. Kd7 Nb7 8. Kc8 and wins.

R. Brieger
Chess Life & Review, 1984
1st Prize
[8/K4n2/1P6/k1p5/2P5/1P6/8/8]
  Win(4+3)  
      1. Kb7!
1. b7? Nd8 2. b8=N Kb4 or 2. b8=Q Nc6+
1. - Ne5
1. - Nd8+ 2. Kc7 Ne6+ 3. Kd7 Nf8+ 4. Kc6
2. Kc7 Nd3 3. b7 Nb4 4. Kb8
4. b8=Q Na6+
4. - Na6+
4. - Kb6 5. Kc8 Na,c6 6. b8=Q+ Nxb8 7. Kxb8
4. - Ka6 5. Kc8 Nc6 6. Kc7
4. - Nc6+ 5. Kc8 Ka6,b4 6. Kc7
5. Ka7 Nb4 6. b8=N
6. b8=Q Nc6+
6. - N~ 7. Nc6#

W. Proskurowski
Szachy, 1964
1st/2nd Prize
[k2K4/pp6/P3P3/8/8/8/1p6/8]
  Win(3+4)  
      1. e7 b1=Q 2. e8=Q Qh7
2. - bxa6 3. Kc7+
3. Kc8 Qg7
3. - bxa6 4. Qc6+
3. - Qe4 4. Kc7+ Qxe8 5. axb7#
4. Qd8 Qf7 5. Qh8 Qe7 6. Qg8 bxa6 7. Qg2+ Qb7+ 8. Qxb7#

D. Blundell
Diagrammes, 1994
1st Prize
[8/8/8/4p2k/4Pp2/8/2N5/1K6]
  Win(3+3)  
      1. Na1!!
1. Na3? f3 2. Nc4 Kg5! (2. - Kg4? 3. Kc2 Kg3 4. Kc3 Kg4 5. Nxe5+ Kf4 6. Kd4 f2 7. Nd3+; 2. - Kh4? 3. Kb2! Kh3 4. Kb3 Kg4 5. Kc2!) 3. Kc2 Kg4 4. Kd3 Kg3 or 4. Kc3 Kg3,5 or 4. Nd2 Kf4 5. Kd3 f2
1. Kc1? f3 2. Kd2 f2 3. Ke2 Kg4 4. Ne3+ Kf4 5. Kd3 Kg3 6. Nf1+ Kf3 7. Nd2+ Kf4 8. Ke2 f1=Q+! 9. Kxf1 Ke3
1. - f3 2. Nb3 Kg4 3. Kc2 Kg3 4. Kc3 Kg4 5. Kc4 Kg3 6. Kd5 Kf4 7. Nd2 f2 8. Nf1 and wins.

R. Missiaen
Schakend Nederland, 1974
2nd Prize
[k4b2/8/8/8/8/1b6/2R3K1/3B4]
  Win(3+3)  
      1. Bf3+ Ka7
1. - Kb8 2. Rb2
2. Rc3 Be6
2. - Ba2,4 3. Rc8 Bf~ 4. Ra8+
2. - Bf7 3. Rc7+
2. - Bg8 3. Rc8
3. Rc6
3. Kh1? Bh3
3. - Bb3
3. - Bd7 4. Rc7+
3. - Bf5 4. Rf6
4. Kh1! Bb4
4. - Ba3 5. Rc3
4. - Be,g7 5. Rc7+
5. Rc1 Bg8
5. - Ba2 6. Ra1
5. - Be6 6. Rc7+ Kb8 7. Rc6 Be~ 8. Rb6+
5. - Bd6 6. Ra1+ Kb6 7. Rb1
5. - Ba5 6. Ra1 Ka6 7. Be2+ Kb6 8. Rb1
6. Rg1 Be6
6. - Bf7 7. Rg7
6. - Bc4 7. Rg4
6. - Bb3 7. Rb1
7. Rg7+ Kb6
7. - Kb8 8. Rb7+
8. Rg6 and wins.

P. Joitsa
Revista de Romana de Sah, 1964
3rd Honourable Mention
[8/8/8/5B2/8/1b5p/8/K3kNN1]
  Win(4+3)  
      1. Nh2!
1. Bxh3? Kf2 2. Nd2 Bd1,5!
1. - Kf2 2. Nxh3+!
2. Ngf3 Kg2 3. ~ Bd1
2. - Kg2 3. Kb2
3. Ng4? Kxh3 4. Kb2 Ba4! 5. Ka3 Bb5!
3. - Ba4
3. - Bc4,d1,d5 4. Ng4 Kxh3 5. Ne3+
3. - Bf7,g8 4. Ng4 Kxh3 5. Nf6+
4. Ka3 Bb5 5. Kb4 Ba6 6. Ka5 Bb7 7. Kb6 Ba8 8. Ka7 Bc6 9. Ng4 Kxh3 10. Ne5+ K~ 11. Nxc6 and wins.

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