Weekly endgame study | August 29, 2009 21:31

Weekly Endgame Study (133)

Weekly Endgame StudyEvery week (not last week; our apologies) we present you an endgame study selected by IM Yochanan Afek: player, trainer, endgame study composer and writer. A week later the solution is published. Good luck solving!

Gurgenidze, D

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Manvelian, A

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IM Yochanan Afek is a chess player, trainer, endgame study composer and writer. His complete selection of studies can be found here.



Richard Berendsen's picture

Spoiler Alert!!

I hope :)

1. Ke7+, Kh7 2. Rh8+, Kg6 Taking the rook will loose, because white will queen with check. After that the rook at h1 is badly placed, and the black king is almost mated as well. Besides, white has a winning material advantage if pawn e2 falls as black can build no fortress. 3. Rg8+, Kh7 4. Rg7+, Kh6 5. f8Q. Now the black king is in a mating net. What is more important, the white rook can be used to parry checks and give check with one and the same move, allowing white to take over. 5..., e1Q+ 6. Kd7! White stays on the opposite color as the queen, avoiding diagonal checks. (After 6. Kd8, Qa5+ 7. Rc7+, Kg5 things aren't clear yet.) 6..., Qd2 (hoping to bring in the rook) 7. Kc8!, Rc1+ 8. Kb8 and the white king is safe. Black loses after 8..., Qh2+ 9. Rg3+ and white mates.

sergio's picture

Where is the solution of 2 weeks ago (number 132) ? This one is from 4 weeks ago.

Isn't it better to play 3. Rh6+ instead of Rg8+ (Kg5) so you can move your rook to e6 to threaten to take on e2 and threat to play f8/q

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