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

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