10 August 2012

Rusinek's stalemates (1)

Regarding endgame studies there are only two stipulations: Win or Draw. Concentrating on the latter, we see that there are different ways to achieve this aim. One of them is the stalemate. While I looked for some interesting examples I came across the works of the Polish Grandmaster of chess composition Jan Rusinek. Rather by chance I found out that in the 1970s he turned his attention to a special type of stalemate and that he published the article Stalemate by pinning in the middle of the board in the problem magazine EG (issue 51, June 1978).

In a previous post I've already shown you an endgame study by Rusinek that is one of his better known compositions and which features a nice stalemate. Now you get to see some more of them. Just for the sake of completeness: All of the following studies are composed by Jan Rusinek and have the stipulation White to move and draw. Additionally, we know that the main line ends with a stalemate.

Problem, 1973
1st Prize
[8/2K5/7k/1P2n2r/8/R4b2/8/8]
    1. b6!
1. Rxf3? Nxf3 2. b6 Rc5+ 3. Kd6 Rb5 4. Kc7 Ne5 5. b7 Nd7
1. - Rf5!
1. - Rg5 2. Rxf3 Nxf3 3. b7
2. b7
2. Rxf3? Rxf3 3. b7 Rc3+
2. - Rf7+ 3. Kd6 Nc4+ 4. Ke6!
4. Kc5? Rc7+ 5. Kd4 Bxb7
4. - Bxb7 5. Rh3+ Kg7 6. Rg3+ Kf8 7. Rg8+! Kxg8

Sinfonie Scacchistiche 10-12/1975
[7r/8/8/pR6/3K3b/8/4k1P1/B2b4]
    1. Re5+!
1. Rxa5? Bf6+ 2. Kc4 Rh4+ 3. Kb5 Rh5+ 4. Kb6 Rxa5
1. - Kd2 2. Rxa5 Bf6+ 3. Ke4
3. Kc4? Be2+ 4. Kb3 Rb8+
3. - Rh4+ 4. g4 Rxg4+ 5. Kd5 Rg5+ 6. Kc4 and now
a) 6. - Rxa5 7. Bc3+ Bxc3
b) 6. - Be2+ 7. Kb3 Rxa5 8. Bc3+ Bxc3

Thèmes 64 4-6/1976
1st Prize
Correction
[2k5/8/1K6/R6P/1n6/8/b4r2/8]
    1. Ra8+!
1. h6? Nd5+ 2. Kc5 Nf6
1. - Kd7 2. h6 Nd5+
2. - Rh2 3. h7! Rxh7 4. Ra7+
3. Kc5
3. Ka5? Bc4!
3. - Rc2+ 4. Kd4 Rd2+ 5. Ke5!
5. Kc5? Bb1 6. h7 Bxh7 7. Ra7+ Nc7
5. - Re2+ 6. Kd4 Bb1! 7. Ra1!
7. Kxd5? Be4+
7. - Rd2+ 8. Ke5 Bg6
8. - Nc3 9. Rxb1! Nxb1 10. Kf6 Nc3 11. h7 Ne4+ 12. Kg7 Rg2+ 13. Kf8! or 11. - Nd5+ 12. Kg7 Rg2+ 13. Kh6!
9. h7! Bxh7 10. Rd1! Rxd1

Tidskrift för Schack 6-8/1976
1st Honourable Mention
Correction
[2k3Kn/8/2n1P3/4P3/3B4/3bN1p1/8/8]
    1. e7! Kd7 2. e6+ Ke8 3. Bxh8 Nxe7+ 4. Kg7 Nf5+
4. - Ng6 5. Kg8 Nxh8 6. Kxh8 Ke7 7. Kg7 Kxe6 8. Kh6
5. Nxf5 g2 6. Kg8 g1=Q+ 7. Ng7+ Kd8 8. e7+ Kxe7

Tidskrift för Schack 10/1977
3rd Prize
[3B1K2/7B/3Pr1Pk/1n6/4P3/2b5/8/8]
    1. e5!
1. d7? Rd6 2. e5 Rxd7 or 2. Ke8 Kg7!
1. - Bxe5 2. d7 Rd6
2. - Bg7+ 3. Kf7 Rd6 4. Ke8
2. - Bf6 3. Bxf6 Rxf6+ 4. Ke7
3. g7!
3. Ke8? Kg7! 4. Be7 Nc7+ 5. Kd8 Rc6!
3. - Bxg7+ 4. Ke8!
4. Ke7? Kxh7 5. Bc7 Bf6+
4. - Kxh7 5. Be7! Nc7+ 6. Kf7
6. Kd8? Rc6!
6. - Rxd7


Shakhmaty v SSSR 3/1977
Correction
[8/6k1/2PK4/1rn5/3R4/3b4/8/8]
    1. c7! Nb7+ 2. Kc6 Na5+ 3. Kd6 Rb6+ 4. Kc5 Rb5+ 5. Kd6 Bf5 6. Rf4 Bh3 7. Rf3 Bc8 8. Rf7+! Kg8 9. Rf8+ Kxf8

Szachy, 1978
1st Prize
[8/3b4/P7/1r2P3/2R2K2/8/1b6/7k]
    1. a7! Ra5
1. - Bxe5+ 2. Ke4 Ra5 3. a8=Q Rxa8 4. Kxe5 or 2. - Bh3 3. Rc1+ Kh2 4. Rc2+ Bg2+ 5. Rxg2+ Kxg2 6. a8=Q
2. e6! Bxe6
2. - Ba4 3. e7 Rxa7 (3. - Ba3 4. Rc8) 4. Re4! Be8 5. Re1+ Kg2 6. Re2+
3. Re4 Bc1+
3. - Rf5+ 4. Kg3! Rg5+ 5. Kf2
3. - Bd5 4. Re1+ Kg2 5. Re2+
4. Kg3
4. Kf3? Bd5
4. - Ra3+ 5. Kf2
5. Kh4? Rh3#
5. - Ra2+
5. - Rf3+ 6. Ke2! (6. Kxf3? Bd5) 6. - Bd5 7. Rd4 Re3+ 8. Kf2 Rf3+ 9. Ke2
6. Kg3!
6. Ke1? Bd2+
6. Kf1? Bh3+
6. - Rg2+ 7. Kf3!
7. Kh4? Bg5+ 8. Kh5 Bf7#
7. - Bd5 8. a8=Q! Bxa8

As I've found so many compositions by Rusinek that show nice stalemates, there'll be a second post next week.

No comments: