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

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