Weekly endgame study | December 11, 2011 18:15

Weekly Endgame Study (247)

Weekly Endgame Study (247)

Every week 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!

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Y. Bazlov 2009

White to play and win

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Author: Yochanan Afek

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



RRB's picture

Wow! A Really Fabulous and quite difficult study to solve!
1.Bc6+ Ka5 2.Rh5+ Qf5 3.a3!! Rb8+! 4.Kb8 Qh5 5.Bd8+ Ka6 6.a4!! Qe5+ 7.Ka8 Qb2
8. Bf3!! (the beauty of the study) - Qb6 9.Bb6 Kb6 10.Bd1! 1-0 took me very long, but was really enjoyable!
Thanks a lot Mr.Afek! Plaase keep posting puzzles like this to solve and enjoy :)

Richard van 't Schip's picture

Dear mr. Afek,

Last friday my friends and I were competingat our anual end of the year blitz tournament and during a brake we were reviewing some studies among whisch was this one of you. It is a beautifull studie yet we could not find out how to win after 8... Qb5 instead of 8... Qb6. The thread being to take the pawn on a4 and after 9. ab5 Kxb5 the table base gives a win in 67 moves which is in fact a draw.

Can you tell us ... Have we missed anything or was there a flaw in the studie??

Yours sincerely,

Richard van 't Schip

Yochanan Afek 's picture

Nothing wrong with your solution! For practical reasons the 50 moves rule is aimed just at over
the board games for, but is not applied in
endgame studies which are only interested in the absolute chess truth and
since 9.axb5 wins for white that's what counts regardless the number of moves.

Twan Burg's picture

Ah, good to know the 50 move rule doesn't count in endgame studies. Indeed a nice study, though I needed most of my time with making sure 1..Qxc6+ 2.Kxc6 is a win for white, which is not so easy to prove. However even there the mating ideas and the decisive a4-a5-a6 are nice.

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