Weekly endgame study | December 05, 2010 17:00

Weekly Endgame Study (198)

Weekly Endgame StudyEvery 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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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.



Juan's picture

What if 1... Qb8? I can't see a winning line.

Castro's picture

1. ... Qb8 2.Nc6 wins the queen via Qxd6 Be7 Qxe7 (otherwise mate) or if Qa8 Bc2+ and mate. Very nice.

Juan's picture

Oh 2.Nc6! very clever. thanks :)

Castro's picture

Up to date off-topic:
Italian and Greek Championships are no longer “current".
London is not "next" as chess or is not "next" as classic. Surely it is NOT a classic chess tournament. A fraud, in that regard.

choufleur's picture

very nice !

John's picture

6...Ne1 is not a forced move as Ne3, Nf4 and Nh4 is also available and 10...Kxd1 is also not force as Kd3 is also available.

Cheesus's picture

And how will this endgame study improve my game?


Castro's picture

""Mr. Armstrong, what is jazz?"

"Dear Madam, as long as you have to ask that question, you'll never know"

Frits Fritschy's picture

A study composer doesn't have to give lines that are covered by tablebases. Check www.k4it.de (choose Nalimov EGTB). De endgame KnKnB against Kn is normally won for the stronger side, provided you can prevent the exchange of the bishop.
In this study white can't prevent exchange or loss of the bishop (so trying to do or prevent this gives the essential lines), but wins anyway.
By the way, if white plays 8.Kb2? black shouldn't play Nxc2 9. Kxc2 and because of his extra pawn black will lose in the end. But after 8... Nd3+! 9.Bxd3 cxd3 the pawn is too far advanced and black draws.

Castro's picture

The short answer is that, inversely of a problem, a study merely requires an obvious, forced win, not a mate demonstration. Sometimes some variation is carried out to mate, but that is an exception.

e4e6's picture

What is nice about last endgame study is there occurs the Reti's famaous study.

You may recognize it if you start with 1.Kxh3 like me also. That's what i discovered after a long try. :) I wont give any spoiler.

Very nice study, a masterpiece, which reminds us chess is, like science, developing with its long-established tradition.

Thank you Afek,

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