27 January 2012

Brilliant Endgame Studies Galore (VII)

Here are the final ten endgame studies of this series.

M. Matous
Thèmes-64, 1985
1. Prize
[1k2n3/1p6/1P2nP2/7K/8/2B5/8/8]
  Win(4+4)  
      1. f7!
1. Be5+? Kc8 2. f7 Kd7
1. - Nd6
1. - N8g7+ 2. Kg6 Kc8 (2. - Nf8+ 3. Kxg7 Nd7 4. Kg6 Kc8 5. Kf5 Kd8 6. Bb4) 3. Bxg7 Kd7 4. Kf6 Kd6 5. Bh6 Kd7 6. Bc1 Nf8 7. Ba3 Nh7+ 8. Kf5 Kd8 9. Kg6
1. - N8c7 2. bxc7+ Kxc7 3. Bb4 Kd7 4. Kg6 b6 5. Kf6 b5 6. Ba3
2. Be5 Ka8 3. Bxd6 Nd8 4. f8=N Ne6 5. Nd7
5. Ng6? Nf4+
5. Nh7? Ng5 6. Nf6 Ne4 7. Ne8 Nf6+
5. - Nc5 6. Ne5
6. Nf6? Ne4
6. Nb8? Nd7
6. Nd7 7. Nc4 Ne5 8. Na3
8. Na5,d2,e3? Nc4
8. - Nc4 9. Nb5 Nxb6 10. Nc7+ Ka7
10. - Kb8 11. Nd5+ Ka7 12. Bc5
11. Bc5 and wins

A. Khachaturov
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1985
[k7/Bp6/1P6/Nn6/K7/8/8/8]
  Win(4+3)  
      1. Bb8! Nd6! 2. Bc7 Nc4! 3. Nb3 Nd2 4. Nc1!
4. Na1? Nb3 5. Nc2 Nd4 6. Nb4 Nc2 7. Na2 Nb4 8. Nc1 Nd3 9. Nb3? Nc5+
4. - Nb3 5. Na2! Nc1 6. Nb4 Nd3 7. Nc2 Nb4 8. Na1! Nc2 9. Nb3 Nd4 10. Na5 Nb3 11. Nxb7! Nc5+! 12. Kb5
12. Kb4? Na6+
12. - Nxb7 13. Kb4! and wins

V. Anufriev
B. Gusev
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1986
1st Prize
[8/6KP/6P1/8/3k4/8/p6B/b7]
  Draw(4+3)  
      1. Kg8!
1. h8=Q? Ke4+ 2. Kg8 Bxh8 3. Kxh8 a1=Q+ 4. g7 Kf5 5. Kh7 Qa7 6. Kh8 Qd4 7. Kh7 Qh4+
1. Bg3? Ke4+ 2. Kg8 Kf5 3. g7 Bxg7 4. Kxg7 a1=Q+
a) 1. - Ke4 2. Bd6! Kf5
2. - Bb2 3. Ba3 a1=Q 4. Bxb2 Qa8+ 5. Kg7 Qb7+ 6. Kg8 (6. Kh6? Qxb2 7. g7 Qf6+) Qb8+ 7. Kf7 Qxb2 8. g7 or 3. - Bc3 4. Bb4 Bd4 5. Bc5 Be5 6. Bd6 Be5 7. Bf6 Be7
3. Bf8 Bh8
3. - Kxg6 4. h8=Q Bxh8 5. Bg7 Bxg7
4. g7
4. Kxh8? a1=Q+ 5. Kg8 Kxg6 6. h8=Q Qa2# or 5. g7 Kxg6 6. Kg8 Qa2+ 7. Kh8 Qb2 8. Kg8 Qb3+ 9. Kh8 Qc3 10. Kg8 Qc4+ 11. Kh8 Qd4 12. Kg8 Qd5+ 13. Kh8 Qe5 14. Kg8 Qh5! 15. h8=N+ Kf6 16. Bb4,a3 Qd5+ 17. Kh7 Qe4,d3+
4. - a1=Q 5. gxh8=N!
5. gxh8=Q? Qa2+ 6. Kg7 Qb2+ 7. Kg8 Qb3+ 8. Kg7 Qc3+ 9. Kg8 Qc4+ 10. Kg7 Qd4+ 11. Kg8 Qd5+ 12. Kg7 Qe5+ 13. Kg8 Qe6+ 14. Kg7 Qg6#
5. - Qa2+ 6. Nf7!
6. Kg7? Qe6 7. Ba3 Qe5+ 8. Kg8 Kf6 or 7. Nf7 Qg6+
6. - Kg6 7. h8=N+
b) 1. - Kd5 2. Bf4!
2. Bg3? Bb2
2. - Ke6
2. - Bb2 3. Bc1
2. - Bc3 3. Bd2
2. - Bd4 3. Be3
2. - Bf6 3. Bg5
2. - Bh8 3. Kxh8 a1=Q+ 4. Kg8 (4. g7? Ke6)
3. Bh6! Kf5
3. - Bc3 4. h8=Q Bxh8 5. g7
3. - Bh8 4. Kxh8 a1=Q+ 5. Kg8
4. g7
and draws

A. Kazantsev
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1949
[8/4pK2/4Pb1P/3P4/p2k4/n7/8/8]
  Draw(4+5)  
      1. d6! Nb5!
1. - Nc4 2. dxe7 Ke5 3. e8=N Bh8 4. h7! a3 5. Kg8 Kxe6 6. Kxh8 Kf7 7. Nd6+! Kf8 8. Nxc4 a2 9. Ne5! a1=R 10. Nd7+ Kf7 11. Ne5+ Kf6 12. Nd7+
2. dxe7
2. d7? Nd6+ 3. Kg8 Nb7
2. - Ke5 3. e8=N!
3. e8=Q? Nd6+
3. - Bh8 4. Kg8 Kxe6 5. Kxh8 Kf7 6. h7! a3
4. h7 a3 5. Kg8 Kxe6 6. Kxh8 Kf7 works as well. Too bad!
7. Nd6+ Kf8! 8. Nxb5 a2 9. Nd4!
9. Nc3? a1=R! 10. Nb5 Kf7 11. Nc7 Ra7 12. Ne8 Rd7 13. Nd6+ Kg6
9. - a1=R! 10. Ne6+ Kf7 11. Nd8+! Kg6 12. Kg8 Ra8 13. h8=N+! Kf6 14. Nhf7 and draws

V. Halberstadt
Suomen Shakki, 1950
3rd Honourable Mention
[5k1B/1N5K/2N1p3/8/8/r7/8/8]
  Win(4+3)  
      1. Bg7+! Ke8
1. - Kf7 2. Nd6#
2. Nd6+ Kd7 3. Ne5+ Ke7
3. - Kd8 4. Bf6+ Kc7 5. Nb5+
3. - Kd6 4. Nc4+
4. Bf8+ Kd8
4. - Kf8 5. Ng6#
4. - Kf6 Ne8+ and 5. Bxa3
5. Nc6+!
5. Nb7+,Ndf7+? Ke8 6. Bxa3 stalemate
5. - Kd7 6. Nb8+ Kd8 7. Nb,f7+ and wins

A. Kuznetsov
O. Pervakov
October Revolution JT, 1987
1st/2nd Prize
[8/5k2/b5p1/3n2P1/6P1/p7/P1B3N1/7K]
  Win(6+5)  
      1. Bb3! Ke6 2. Nf4+ Kd6!
2. - Ke5 3. Nxg6+ Kd4 4. Kg2 Ne3+ 5. Kg3
3. Bxd5
3. Nxg6? Ne3! 4. Nf4 Ke5 5. g6 Nxg4 6. g7 Nh6 7. Ng2 Bb7 8. g8=Q Nxg8 9. Bxg8 Bd5 10. Bxd5 Kxd5 11. Kg1 Kd4 12. Kf2 Kc3 13. Ke2 Kb2 14. Kd2 Kxa2 15. Kc2 Ka1
3. - Ke5! 4. Ne6! Bc8
4. - B~ 5. Bb3
4. - Kxd5 5. Nc7+
5. Nc7 Kd6! 6. Na8! Bxg4
6. - Kxd5 7. Nb6+
6. - Bd7 7. Nb6
6. - Ba6 7. Kh2
7. Nb6
7. Bf7? Bf3+
7. Be4,g2? Be6
7. - Kc5 8. Nc4! Be2!
8. - Bd1 9. Bf7 Bb3 10. Nd6
8. - Kxd5 9. Ne3+
9. Ne3 Kd4 10. Ng2! Kxd5 11. Nf4+ and wins
Very nice roundtrip by the white knight.

V. Kondratjev
A. Kopnin
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1988
1st Prize
[8/8/8/8/P7/2r3p1/7B/3k1K2]
  Draw(3+3)  
      1. Bg1! Rc2 2. Ba7
2. Bd4? g2+ 3. Kg1 Rc4 4. Bf2 Rg4 5. a5 Ke2 6. a6 Kf3 7. a7 Ra4
2. - g2+ 3. Kg1 Rc7 4. Bf2
4. Bb8? Rg7 5. a5 Rg8 6. Bh2,c7,d6,e5 Ke2 7. a6 Kf3 8. a7 Rh8,c8,d8,e8
4. - Rg7 5. a5 Ke2 6. a6 Kf3 7. a7 Rg8 8. Bg3! Rh8 9. Bh2 Re8 10. Be5 Rd8 11. Bd6 Rc8 12. Bc7 Ra8 13. Bb8 and draws

O. Pervakov
Moscow Sports Committee Ty, 1986
4th Prize
[8/k5p1/2Pb4/8/7p/4K3/3B4/8]
  Draw(3+4)  
      1. Kf2!
1. Kf3? h3 2. Bh6 gxh6! 3. Kf2 Bh2! 4. Kf3 h5!
1. - h3! 2. Bh6! g6
2. - gxh6 3. Kg1
3. Be3+!
3. Kf3? Kb6! 4. Be3+ Kxc6 5. Bg1 Kd5 6. Kg4 Ke4! 7. Kxh3 Kf3 8. Kh4 Bf4
3. - Ka6 4. Kf3 Kb5 5. Bg1! Kxc6
5. - h2 6. Bxh2 Bxh2 7. Kg4
6. Kg4 Bc5! 7. Bh2! and draws
7. Kxh3? Bxg1 8. Kg4 Be3

V. Jakimtsjik
64, 1969
5th Commendation
[8/3P1P2/6R1/b7/8/3k1q2/8/K7]
  Draw(4+3)  
      1. Rg3!
1. d8=Q+? Kc2 2. Qc8+ Bc3+ 3. Ka2 Qd5+
1. - Qxg3 2. d8=Q+!
2. f8=Q? Bc3+! 3. Kb1 Qe1+ 4. Ka2 Qa1+ 5. Kb3 Qb2+ 6. Ka4 Qa2+ 7. Kb5 Qa5+ 8. Kc6 Qa6+ 9. Kc7 Be5+ 10. Kd8 Qa8+ 11. Ke7 Bd6+
2. - Kc2!
2. - Bxd8 3. f8=Q
3. Qd1+
3. Qc8+? Bc3+ 4. Ka2 Qe5!
3. - Kxd1 4. f8=Q Qe5+!
4. - Qd3+ 5. Ka2 Bc3 6. Qf4 Qd5 7. Ka3 Kc2 8. Qh2; 5. Qb8 draws as well
5. Ka2
5. Kb1? Qb5+ 6. Ka2 Kc2 7. Qf2 Bd2
5. - Kc2 6. Qb4!
6. Qf2+ Bd2 7. Qb6 Qd5+ 8. Ka3 Qa8+
6. - Qd5+ 7. Ka1 Qe5,h1+ 8. Ka2 Qd5+ 9. Ka1 Kd3 10. Qb1+ and draws

L. Olmutski
Socialistinja Karkivtsjna, 1964
1st Prize
[8/8/8/k7/8/2R4R/1p1p3K/8]
  Win(3+3)  
      1. Ra3+! Kb4 2. Rab3+ Kc4
2. - Ka4 3. Rbg3!! d1=Q 4. Rh4+ Kb5 5. Rg5+ Kc6 6. Rh6+ Kd7 7. Rg7+
3. Rhc3+ Kd4 4. Rd3+ Kc4 5. Rbc3+! Kb4
5. - Kb5 6. Rd8
6. Rc7!!
6. Rc8? b1=Q 7. Rd7 Qe4!
6. - b1=Q 7. Rd8!! Qe4
7. - d1=Q 8. Rb8+ Ka3 9. Ra7+ Qa4 10. Rxa4+ Kxa4 11. Rxb1
8. Rb8+ Ka3 9. Ra7+ Qa4 10. Rxa4+ and wins

20 January 2012

Brilliant Endgame Studies Galore (VI)

I know you've been waiting impatiently for the next ten compositions. Here you are!

V. Platov
M. Platov
Sydsvenska Dagbladet Snällposten, 1911
Honourable Mention
[5R2/8/2p1qP2/3p4/k7/8/3Pp3/2K1B3]
  Win(5+5)  
      1. f7! Qe5! 2. Ra8+ Kb3 3. Ra3+! Kxa3 4. f8=Q+ Kb3 5. Qb4+!!
5. Qf3+ Ka2 6. Qc3 Qxc3+ 7. dxc3 Kb3 8. Kd2 Kc4 and 9. - d4
Kxb4 6. d4+ Kb5 7. dxe5 Kc5 8. Kd2 d4 9. Bf2 Kd5 10. Bd4 and wins

J. Rusinek
P. Ruszczynski
Schakend Nederland, 1979
3rd Prize
[4b2R/1N1r4/8/8/k3B3/2K5/2p5/8]
  Win(4+4)  
      1. Kb2!
1. Kxc2? Rc7+ 2. Kb2 Bc6
1. Lxc2? Kb5
1. - c1=Q+
1. - Re7? 2. Rxe8 Rxe8 3. Bc6+
1. - B~ 2. Nc5
2. Kxc1 Rc7+ 3. Bc2+ Kb4
3. - Ka3 4. Rxe8 Rxb7 5. Re3+ Ka2 6. Rc3!
4. Rh4+ Kc3
4. - Ka3 5. Nd6 Bd7 (5. - Bc6? 6. Rc4) 6. Kb1 Ra7 7. Rd4 Bc6 8. Nc4+ Kb4 9. Ne5+ Kc5 10. Rc4+ Kd5 11. Nxc6 Rb7+ 12. Rb4 Kxc6 13. Be4+
5. Nd6 Bd7 6. Rf4 Zugzwang:
6. - Bc6 7. Rc4# or
6. - Rc6 7. Nb5#

D. Gurgenidze
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1981
1st Prize
[7r/2R5/6P1/8/8/8/K7/6k1]
  Win(3+2)  
      1. g7!
1. Kb3? Rh5! 2. g7 Rg5 3. Kc4 Kg2 4. Kd4 Kg3 5. Ke4 Kg4 6. Rf7 Kg3 7. Ra7 Kg4 8. Ra1 Kh3 9. Rh1+ Kg2 10. Rh7 Kg3 11. Rh1 Kg2
1. - Rb8! 2. Rb7!
2. Rf7? Rg8! 3. Kb3 Kg2 4. Kc4 Kg3 5. Kd5 Kg4 6. Ke6 Kg5
2. - Rc8 3. Kb3 Kg2 4. Rc7! Rd8 5. Kc4 Kg3 6. Rd7! Re8 7. Kd5 Kg4
7. - Kh4 8. Re7 Rxe7 9. g8=Q
8. Re7! Rg8 9. Ke6 Kg5 10. Kf7 and wins
It's nothing special these days. But it was in 1981! There was no easy access to endgame tablebases if at all.

A. Maksimovskikh
Molodoj Leninets (Kurgan), 1976
1st Prize
[7k/2R5/8/8/K7/8/p1p3R1/3r4]
  Draw(3+4)  
      1. Rc8+!
1. Rh2+? Kg8 2. Rg2+ Kf8 3. Rf2+ Ke8 4. Re2+ Kd8 5. Rc8+ Kd7 6. Rc7+ Kd6 7. Rc6+ Kd5 8. Rc5+ Kd4 9. Rc4+ Kd3
1. - Kh7 2. Rc7+ Kh6 3. Rc6+ Kh5 4. Rc5+ Kh4 5. Rc4+ Kh3 6. Rc3+ Rd3!
6. - Kxg2 7. Rxc2+
7. Rh2+ Kg3
7. - Kxh2 8. Rxc2+
7. - Kg4 8. Rg2+
8. Rg2+ Kf3 9. Rf2+ Ke3 10. Re2+ Kd4
10. - Kxe2 11. Rxc2+ Rd2 12. Rc1 Rd1 (12. - Rb2 13. Ka3 Rb1 14. Rc2+) 13. Rc2+ Rd2 14. Rc1
11. Rc4+ Kd5
11. - Kxc4 12. Rxc2+
12. Rc5+ Kd6 13. Rc6+ Kd7 14. Rc7+ Kd8 15. Rc8+ and draws

G. Scheffler
Schach, 1979
4th Honourable Mention
[8/8/pppppppp/3k4/8/PPP1PPPP/3P4/4K3]
  Win(9+9)  
      1. c4+!
1. e4+? Kc5 2. d4+ Kb5 3. c4+ Ka5 4. b4+ Ka4
1. - Ke5 2. d4+ Kf5 3. e4+ Kg5 4. f4+ Kh5 5. g4+! Kh4 6. b4! and now
6. - c5 7. e5 fxe5 8. fxe5 dxe5 9. dxc5 or
6. - d5 7. f5 gxf5 8. gxf5 exf5 9. exd5 or
6. - e5 7. c5 bxc5 8. bxc5 dxc5 9. d5 or
6. - f5 7. d5 exd5 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. e5 dxe5 10. fxe5 Kg5 11. h4+ or
6. - Kg3 7. d5 exd5 8. c5 bxc5 9. bxc5 dxc5 10. e5 fxe5 11. fxe5
and wins

M. Havel
Sach, 1944
3rd Prize
[3R4/8/8/8/3K4/p6p/4k3/8]
  Win(2+3)  
      1. Ke4!
a) 1. - h2 2. Rh8 Kd2 3. Kd4 Kc2 4. Kc4 a2 5. Rxh2+ Kb1 6. Kb3 a1=N+ 7. Kc3
b) 1. - a2 2. Ra8 Kf2 3. Kf4 h2 4. Rxa2+ Kg1 5. Kg3 h1=N+ 6. Kf3
1. - Kf2 2. Kf4 h2 3. Rd2+ Kg1 4. Kg3
and wins

N. Kralin
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1974
6th Commendation
[8/8/2P5/8/8/3K4/4p3/3b1k2]
  Draw(2+3)  
      1. c7! e1=N+! 2. Kd4
2. Kc4 works as well
2. - Bg4 3. Kc5 Nd3+ 4. Kb6!
4. Kc6? Bc8!
Ne5 5. Kb7 Nc4,f7! 6. c8=N!

V. Nestorescu
P. Joitsa
Revista de Romana de Sah, 1983
1st Prize
[8/4P3/8/4br1B/2R3p1/8/6p1/2K1k3]
  Win(4+5)  
      1. Kb1!
1. Rxg4? Bf4+ 2. Rxf4 Re5
1. Re4+? Kf2 2. Rxg4 Bg3 3. e8=Q g1=Q+
1. - Rf1 2. Rxg4
2. e8=Q? Kd2+ 3. Ka2 Ra1+ 4. Kb3 Rb1+ 5. Ka4 g1=Q 6. Qd7+ Ke3 7. Qa7+ Kf3
2. Rc1+? Kd2
2. - Bg3
2. - Kf2+ 3. Kc2 Bg3 4. Re4
3. e8=Q+
3. Kc2? Rf2+ 4. Kd3 Re2
3. - Kf2+
3. - Kd2+ 4. Kb2 g1=Q 5. Qd7+ Ke3 6. Qd4+ Kf3 7. Qd5+ and mate in 2
4. Kc2 g1=Q 5. Qe2+ Kxe2 6. Re4+ Kf2 7. Re2#

D. Gurgenidze
The Problemist, 1984
1st Prize
[kb2n3/8/1P3P2/8/K7/1N6/8/6r1]
  Win(4+4)  
      1. f7! Rg4+ 2. Ka5
2. Kb5? Nd6+
2. Ka3? Bd6+
2. - Rg5+ 3. Ka6 Nc7+ 4. bxc7 Rg8 5. fxg8=B Bxc7 6. Nd4 Kb8
6. - Bh2 7. Nc6 and mate in 3
7. Nc6+ Kc8 8. Be6#

E. Dobrescu
Revista de Romana de Sah, 1985
2nd Prize
[R4K1k/6p1/8/7P/8/8/p5P1/r7]
  Draw(4+4)  
      1. h6!
1. g4? Kh7
1. - gxh6
1. - g6 2. Kf7+ Kh7 3. Ra7 Kxh6 4. Kg8 Kg5 5. Kg7 Kh5 6. Kh7 g5 7. Ra4 g4 8. Ra5+ Kh4 9. Kg6 Kg3 10. Kg5 Kxg2 11. Kxg4 Kf2 12. Kf4 Ke2 13. Ke4 Kd2 14. Kd4 Kc2 15. Kc4 Kb2 16. Rb5+ Ka3 17. Ra5+
1. - g5 2. g4 Kh7 3. Ra7+ Kh8 (3. - Kxh6? 4. Kg8!) 4. Ra8
1. - Rf1+ 2. Ke7+
2. Kf7+ Kh7 3. Ra7 h5
3. - Rf1+ 2. Ke6+
4. Kf6+ Kh6 5. Ra6 h4
5. - Rf1+ 2. Ke5+
6. Kf5+ Kh5
6. - Kg7 7. Ra7+ Kf8 8. Kg4 Ke8 9. Kh5 Kd8 10. Kg4 Kc8 11. Kh5 Kb8 12. Ra3 Kc7 13. Rc3+ Kd6 14. Rc2 Ke5 15. g4 Kf4 (15. - hxg3 16. Kg4) 16. Rc4+ Kg3 17. Rc3+ Kg2 18. Rc2+ Kf3 19. Rc3+ Ke4 20. Rc2 h3 21. Rh2
7. Ra5 h3
7. - Rf1+ 2. Ke4+
8. Kf4+ Kg6 9. Kg3 or 9. Ra6+ (minor dual) and draws

13 January 2012

Brilliant Endgame Studies Galore (V)

Round five ...

J. Rusinek
New Statesman, 1971
1st Prize
[2K5/2Pnk1P1/PP6/8/2b5/2n5/8/8]
  Draw(5+4)  
      1. a7!
1. g8=Q? Bxg8 2. a7 Ne4! 3. Kb7 Bd5+ 4. Ka6 Nd6
1. b7? Ne4
1. - Ba6+
1. - Ne4 2. Kb7 Nd6+ 3. Kc6 Bb5+ 4. Kd5 Nxb6+ 5. Kc5 Nd7+ 6. Kb4
2. b7 Ne4 3. g8=N+! Ke8! 4. Nf6+! Nexf6 5. a8=B!
5. a8=Q? Nd5
5. - Ne5! 6. Kb8 Nc6+ 7. Kc8 Bf1 8. b8=R!
8. b8=Q? Ba6+ 9. Qb7 Ne4 10. Qxa6 Nd6#
8. - Ba6+ 9. Rb7 and draws
9. Bb7? Ne4 10. Bxa6 Nd6#

V. Vlasenko
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1973
1st Prize
[3BK1k1/1b1PP3/8/7n/8/6P1/8/3n4]
  Draw(5+4)  
      1. Bb6! Ng7+ 2. Kd8 Ne6+ 3. Ke8 Bc6
3. - Nc3 4. d8=N!
4. Bd4! Bb5 5. g4 Bc6 6. g5 Bb5 7. g6 Ba4 8. Bh8! Ne3 9. g7 Bd1 10. d8=R!
10. d8=Q? Ba4+ 11. Qd7 Nd5 12. Qxa4 Nf6#
10. - Ba4+ 11. Rd7 and draws

G. Nadareishvili
Gruzija JT, 1971
1st Prize
[5R2/8/8/r7/1p6/8/p7/k2K1B2]
  Draw(3+4)  
      1. Bc4!
1. Kc2? Rc5+ 2. Kb3 Rc3+ 3. Kxb4 Kb2 4. Ra8 Rb3+ 5. Kc4 Ra3
1. Rb8? Kb2 2. Rxb4+ Ka3
1. - Rc5!
1. - Kb1 2. Rb8 Ra4 3. Bxa2+ Kxa2 4. Kc2
1. - Kb2 2. Rf2+ Kb1 3. Bd3+
2. Bg8!
2. Be6? Kb1 3. Rb8 Rc1+ 4. Kd2 Rc2+ 5. Kd1 a1=Q 6. Rxb4+ Rb2 7. Rc4 Rb6! 8. Rc1+ Kb2 9. Rxa1 Rd6+ 10. Ke2 Rxe6+
2. Bxa2? Kxa2
2. Rf4? Rxc4! 3. Rxc4 b3 4. Rc1+ Kb2
2. - Kb1 3. Rb8
3. Rf4? b3
3. Bh7+? Kb2
3. - Rc1+ 4. Kd2 Rc2+ 5. Kd1 a1=Q 6. Rxb4+ Rb2 7. Rc4! Rc2
7. - Rd2+ 8. Kxd2 Qa5+ 9. Ke2
8. Rb4+! and draws
8. Rxc2? Qd4+ 9. Rd2 Qg1+ 10. Ke2 Qxg8

O. Pervakov
Metsnjerba da Technika, 1990
2nd Prize
[2R3N1/8/2K5/8/8/2p1p1p1/8/4k3]
  Draw(3+4)  
      1. Nf6! e2! 2. Ne4 g2 3. Kd5!
3. Ra8? Kf1! 4. Ng3+ Kf2 5. Nxe2 Kxe2 6. Rg8 Kf2 7. Rf8+ Ke3 8. Re8+ Kd3 9. Rd8+ Kc4! 10. Rd1 c2 11. Rg1 Kd4
3. - g1=Q
3. - Kf1 4. Ng3+ Kf2 5. Nxe2 Kxe2 6. Re8+ Kd3 7. Rg8 c2 8. Rg3+
4. Ra8!
4. Rb8? c2
Kf1 5. Rf8+ Kg2 6. Rg8+ Kh1 7. Rh8+ Kg2
7. - Qh2 8. Ng3+ Kg1 9. Rxh2
8. Rg8+ Kf1 9. Rf8+ Ke1 10. Ra8 and draws

A.P. Kuznetsov
A. Motor
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1973
[1N6/p7/8/k1K5/2p1P3/1p1p4/1P6/8]
  Draw(4+5)  
      1. Nc6+! Ka4 2. Nb4!
2. Nd4? c3
2. - d2 3. Nd5 d1=N! 4. e5
4. Kxc4? Nxb2+ 5. Kc3 Nd1+ 6. Kd2 b2 7. Kc2 Ka3 8. Kb1 Kb3 9. e5 a5 10. e6 a4 11. e7 a3 12. e8=Q a2#
4. - c3 5. Nxc3+ Nxc3 6. Kd4! Nb5+
6. - Kb4 7. bxc3+ Kb5 8. Kd3 a5 9. c4+ Kc5 10. Kd2 Kc6 11. Kc3 a4 12. Kb2 Kc5 13. Kc3
7. Kc5 Nc7
7. - Ka5 8. e6 Nc7 9. e7 Ne8 10. Kc4 Kb6 11. Kxb3 Kb5 12. Ka3 Nc7 13. b4 a6 (13. - Kc6 14. Ka4 Kd7 15. Ka5 Kxe7 16. b5 Kd6 17. b6) 14. Kb3 Kc6 15. Ka4 Kd7 16. Ka5 Kxe7 17. Kb6 Kd7 18. Kb7
8. Kd6 Ne8+ 9. Ke7 Ng7 10. Kf6 Nh5+ 11. Kg5 Ng3 12. Kf4 Ne2+
12. - Kb5 13. Kxg3 a5 14. Kf4 a4 15. e6 Kc6 16. Ke5 a3 17. Kf6 axb2 18. e7 b1=Q 19. e8=Q+
13. Ke3 Nc3 14. Kd4 Ne2+ 15. Ke3 Ng3 16. Kf4 Nh5+ 17. Kg5 Ng7 18. Kf6 Ne8+ 19. Ke7 Nc7 20. Kd6 Nb5+ 21. Kc5 and draws

A. Troitzky
Shakhmatny Listok, 1925
[8/p3B2p/1P5P/3P4/5r2/3k4/8/6K1]
  Win(5+4)  
      1. b7! Rg4+ 2. Kf2 Rg8 3. d6 Kc4 4. d7 Kb5! 5. d8=Q Rxd8 6. Bxd8 Ka6 7. b8=B
7. b8=N+? Kb7 8. Nd7 Kc8 9. Nf6 Kxd8 10. Nxh7 Ke7! 11. Kf3 Kf7 12. Ng5+ Kg6 13. h7 Kg7 or 11. Kg3 Kf7 12. Kg4 Kg6
7. - Kb7 8. Be5 Kc8 9. Be7 Kd7 10. B7d6 Ke6 11. Kf3 a5 12. Kf4 a4 13. Ba3 Kf7 14. Kf5 Kg8 15. Kf6 Kh8 16. Kf7#

G. Nadareishvili
V. Smyslov
64-Shakmatnoe Obozrenie, 1986
[8/6pp/2k3p1/6K1/8/PP6/1P6/8]
  Win(4+4)  
      1. b4! Kb5 2. b3 Kb6 3. a4 Kc6 4. b5+ Kc5! 5. b4+ Kb6 6. Kg4 h6 7. Kf4 g5+ 8. Kf5! g6+ 9. Kg4 Kb7 10. a5 Kc7 11. b6+ Kc6 12. b5+ Kb7 13. Kf3 h5 14. Kg3 g4 15. Kf4 g5+ 16. Kg3 Kb8 17. a6 Kc8 18. b7+ Kc7 19. b6+ Kb8 20. Kg2 h4 21. Kf2 g3+ 22. Kf3 g4+ 23. Kg2 h3+ 24. Kxg3 and wins

L. Zoltan
Magyar Sakkélet, 1958
1st Prize
[6k1/8/2P1PRPp/1r5P/5p2/6p1/1P1Pb3/2n1K3]
  Win(8+7)  
      1. c7!
1. e7? Re5 2. c7 Bg4+
Rc5 2. e7 Bb5 3. Rc6! Re5+
3. - Nd3+ 4. Kf1 Nc1+ 5. d3! g2+ 6. Kf2 Nxd3+ 7. Kg1!
4. Kd1 Be2+ 5. Kxc1 Bg4 6. Re6! Rc5+ 7. Kb1 Bf5+ 8. d3!
8. Ka2? Bxe6+ 9. Ka3 Bd7
8. Ka1? Ra5#
Bxd3+ 9. Ka2 Bb5 10. Rc6! and wins

D. Gurgenidze
Molodost Gruzzi, 1970
4th Prize
[1k2b3/4p1rP/1P1pK3/1Pp2P2/Rp2P3/p2P4/2P5/b7]
  Win(9+9)  
      1. Ra8+!
1. h8=Q? Rg6+ 2. f6 Rxf6+ 3. Kd5 Rf5+ 4. e5 Rxe5+ 5. Kc4 Re4+ 6. d4 Rxd4+ 7. Kb3 Rd3+ 8. c3 Rxc3+ 9. Ka2 b3+ 10. Kxa3 b2+ 11. Ka2 b1=Q+ 12. Kxb1 Rc1+ 13. Kxc1 Bxh8 14. Rg4 Bf7
1. - Kb7! 2. Rb8+!
2. h8=Q? Rg6+ 3. f6 Rxf6+ 4. Kd5 Bf7#
2. - Kxb8 3. h8=Q Rg6+ 4. f6! Rxf6+ 5. Kd5 Rf5+ 6. e5! Rxe5+ 7. Kc4 Re4+ 8. d4! Rxd4+ 9. Kb3 Rd3+ 10. c3! Rxc3+ 11. Ka4! and wins
11. Ka2? b3+ 12. Kxa3 (12. Kxa1 Rc1#) b2+ 13. Ka2 b1=Q+ 14. Kxb1 Rc1+ 15. Kxc1 Bxh8 or 13. Ka4 Ra3+! 14. Kxa3 b1=N+

K. Sumbatjan
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1978
1st Prize
[2n2b2/8/8/8/2B5/5P2/1B3K2/7k]
  Win(4+3)  
      1. Be6!
1. Be5? Bd6
1. Ba6? Bc5+ 2. Kf1 Ne7 3. Be5 Nf5
1. - Bc5+
1. - Ne7 2. Be5 Ng6 3. Bg3 Bh6 4. f4 Nxf4 5. Bc8 Nh3+ 6. Kf1
2. Kf1 Bd6
2. - Nd6? 3. Be5
3. Bd4
3. Bxc8? Be5 4. Ba3 Bd6 5. Bc1 Bf4
3. - Ne7 4. Bg1 Bh2 5. Bc5 Bf4
5. - Ng6 6. f4 Bxf4 7. Bg1
6. Bxe7 Bd6 7. Bg5 Bf4 8. Bd5 Bxg5 9. f4+ Kh2 10. fxg5 and wins

06 January 2012

Brilliant Endgame Studies Galore (IV)

I resume my series — here's the fourth installment.

D. Petrov
Chigorin MT, 1958
1st Prize
[5rB1/3R4/8/8/3K2kB/p7/8/8]
  Win(4+3)  
      1. Rd8! a2!
1. - Rf4+ 2. Ke3 Ra4 3. Bf6
2. Bxa2 Rf4+ 3. Ke3 Ra4 4. Bb3 Rb4
4. - Ra3 5. Rd4+ Kh5 6. Rb4
5. Rd4+! Rxd4 6. Be7! Rf4 (eg) 7. Be6+ Kg3
7. - Rf5 8. Bf6
8. Bd6 and wins

V. Halberstadt
L'Italia Scacchistica, 1951
[8/1r6/8/8/8/B4P2/B7/k1K5]
  Win(4+2)  
      1. Be6!
1. Bc4? Rb3! 2. Bxb3 stalemate
1. Bd5? Rc7+ 2. Kd2 Rd7
1. - Rb3! 2. Bd6! Rc3+
2. - Rxf3 3. Be5+
3. Kd2 Rxf3 4. Ke2!! Rc3 5. Be5 Kb2 6. Kd2 and wins

H. Mattison
Atputa, 1930
[8/3R4/4B2B/4r2k/8/3p3K/8/8]
  Win(4+3)  
      1. Rd5!! Rxd5 2. Be3!!
White now threatens 3. Bf7#.
2. Bd2? Rf5! 3. Bxf5 stalemate
2. Bc1? d2!
2. Bf4? Rg5! 3. Bf7+ Rg6 4. Kh2!? Kg4
2. - Rg5
2. - Rf5 3. Bxf5 d2 4. Bg4+ Kg6 5. Bxd2
3. Bf7+ Kh6
3. - Rg6 4. Kh2! (4. Be8? d2 5. Bxd2 stalemate)
4. Be8
4. Kh4? Kg7!
4. - d2 5. Bxd2 and wins

A. Akerblom
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1959
2nd Prize
[8/6R1/K1Nk4/8/8/8/1q6/8]
  Draw(3+2)  
      1. Rb7!
1. Rg6+? Kc7 2. Ka5 Qa2+ 3. Kb5 Qb1+ or 2. Na5 Qe2+ 3. Ka7 Qe3+
1. Ne7? Ke6 2. Rh7 Qa2+ 3. Kb6 Qb1+
1. - Qe2+ 2. Kb6 Qe3+ 3. Kb5 Qg5+
3. - Qc5+ 4. Ka6! Kxc6 5. Rc7+ Kxc7 stalemate or 4. - Qxc6+ 5. Rb6
4. Kb6! Qc5+ 5. Ka6! Qc4+
5. - Kxc6 6. Rc7+ Kxc7 stalemate
6. Ka5!
6. Kb6? Qxc6+
6. Ka7? Kxc6
6. - Qa2+
6. - Qxc6 7. Rb6
6. - Kxc6 7. Rc7+ Kxc7 stalemate
7. Kb6
7. Kb5? Qd5+
7. - Qb3+ 8. Ka6
8. Ka7? Qa4+
8. - Qc4+
8. - Qa4+ 9. Na5
9. Ka5! Qd5+
9. - Kc5 10. Nb4
10. Rb5! Qa2+ 11. Kb6 Qf2+ 12. Kb7 Qf7+ 13. Kb6! Qc7+ 14. Ka6 Qc8+
14. - Qxc6+ 15. Rb6
14. - Kxc6 15. Rc5+ Kxc5
15. Ka7!
15. Kb6? Qxc6+
15. Ka5? Kxc6
15. - Qd7+
15. - Qxc6 16. Rb6
15. - Kxc6 16. Rc5+ Kxc5
16. Rb7! and draws

V. Halberstadt
Réti MT, 1950
1st Prize
[8/k7/8/B1R5/8/q7/8/7K]
  Draw(3+2)  
      1. Be1!! Qe3 2. Bg3!!
2. Bf2? Qxf2 3. Ra5+ Kb7 4. Rb5+ Kc6 5. Rb6+ Qxb6! or 3. Ra7+ Ka6 4. Rc6+ Kb5 5. Rc5+ Qxc5!
2. - Qxg3
2. - Kb6 3. Rc2! Qxg3 4. Rb2+
2. - Qxc5 3. Bf2! Qxf2 stalemate
3. Ra5+ Kb8
3. - Kb6 4. Ra6+!
4. Ra8+ Kc7 5. Ra7+ Kd6 6. Ra6+ Ke5 7. Ra5+ Kf4 8. Ra4+ Kg5 9. Ra5+ Kh4 10. Rh5+! Kg4 11. Rg5+ Kxg5 and draws

E. Pogosjants
Shakhmaty Moskva, 1964
1st Prize
[8/4K1np/8/1B1P3k/4p3/8/8/8]
  Win(3+4)  
      1. Kf6!
1. d6? Nf5!
1. - Kh6 2. d6 Ne8+! 3. Bxe8 e3 4. d7!
4. Bb5? e2 5. Bxe2 stalemate
4. - e2 5. d8=N!
5. d8=Q? e1=Q
5. - e1=N
5. - e1=Q 6. Nf7+ Kh5 7. Ne5+ Kh4 (7. - Kh6 8. Ng4#) 8. Nf3+
6. Nc6 Nf3 7. Ne7 Nh4 8. Ng8#

A. G. Kuznetsov
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1962
[8/7k/3B3P/3b2R1/7P/3P4/1K5P/7q]
  Draw(7+3)  
      1. Rg7+!
1. Bf4? Qf3 2. Bd2 Qf6+ 3. Kc2 Qxh6 4. Rxd5 Qc6+ or 2. Rg7+ Kh8 3. Bd2 Qe2 4. Kc1 Bb3
1. - Kxh6
1. - Kh8 2. Be5
2. Bf8! Kh5 3. Rg5+ Kxh4 4. Be7! Kh3 5. Rg3+ Kxh2 6. Bd6! Bg2
6. - Qd1 7. Rg5+
7. Rf3+
7. Re3+? Kg1 8. Bc5 Qh8+
7. - Kg1 8. Bc5+ Kh2 9. Bd6+ and draws

M. Liburkin
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1949
3rd Honourable Mention
[8/3B4/3P4/7k/8/8/2p4p/Kb3N2]
  Draw(4+4)  
      1. Ng3+!
1. Kb2? c1=Q+ 2. Kxc1 h1=Q
1. - Kh4 2. Kb2 c1=Q+
2. - Kxg3 3. Bc6
3. Kxc1 Be4 4. Nh1
4. Bf5? Bxf5 5. Nh1 Kh3 6. Kd1 Kg2 7. Ke2 Kxh1 8. Kf2 Bh3
4. - Bxh1 5. Bh3!! Bc6 6. Bg2!! Bxg2 7. d7 h1=Q+ 8. Kd2! and draws

V. Jakimtsjik
Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1966
6th Honourable Mention
[6B1/8/8/4P3/4k1p1/8/6P1/3b3K]
  Win(4+3)  
      1. e6! g3
1. - Ba4 2. Bf7 Bb3 3. Bg6 and 4. e7
2. Bf7!
2. e7? Bh5 2. Be6 Be8!
2. - Ke3 3. Be8!!
3. e7? Kf2 4. e8=Q Bf3 5. Bd5 Bxg2+ 6. Bxg2 stalemate
3. Kg1? Bb3 4. Bg8 Bc2 5. Kf1 Bd3 6. Ke1 Be2 7. e7 Bh5!
3. - Kf2
2. - Bf3 3. Kg1!
4. Bc6 Be2 5. e7 Bf1 6. e8=N and wins
6. e8=R,Q? Bxg2+ 7. Bxg2 stalemate
6. e8=B?!
6. Bd5? Bb5!

E. Pogosjants
Leninskoye Znamja, 1967
1st Prize
[2q5/7Q/8/k7/8/1p6/P1p5/K7]
  Draw(3+4)  
      1. Qh5+!
1. Qa7+? Kb5 2. a4+ Kc6! 3. Qe3 Qh8+
1. - Ka4!
1. - Kb6 2. Qh6+ Kb7 3. Kb2 bxa2 4. Qc1 Qc4 5. Qh1+ Qc6 6. Qc1 Kc8 7. Kxa2 Qc3 8. Qg5
2. Qh4+ Qg4!
2. - Ka3 3. Qe7+
3. axb3+!
3. Qxg4+? Ka3 4. Qa4+! Kxa4 5. Kb2 bxa2 6. Kxa2 c1=R! or 5. axb3+ Ka3
3. - Kxb3 4. Qg,h3+ Qxg,h3 stalemate