Endgame Study #81: Hennings – Walter, 1964

White to play and win (position taken from the excellent “van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics”).

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White would like to play g7 followed by Bh7+ winning but Black can block with f5 then win the g7 pawn after Bf6. White solves this with

1. Bg5!! if the Bishop is taken then g7 as f5 is no longer available and f5 drops the Bishop on d8. The game continued 1…Be7 2. g7 1-0

EG81HenningsWalter2More testing would be 1…Be6 2. g7! e4 3. Bxe4 f5 when White needs 4. Bd5! Black will have to take on d5 or lose the Bishop so 4…Bxg5+ 5 Kxg5 Bxd5 6 Kxg7 7 Kxf5 and White will win thanks to his passed d-pawn.

 

Endgame Study #79: Randviir – Keres

Black to play and win. (Board shown from White’s perspective.)

 

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54… Kd6! White will soon be forced back

55. Kd4 h6 White must give way

56. Ke4 Kc5 57. Ke3 Kd5 Kb4 also wins

58. Kd3 Ke5 59.Ke3 h5! The only way to make progress

60. gxh5 Kxf5 61. Kf3 Ke6 62. Kg4 Kf7 63. Kf5 Kg7 0-1

Endgame Study #77: Nimzowitsch – Tarrasch

Black to play and win. (Solution below)

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38 …a5 starts the pawn rolling 39 Ke4 f5+! 0-1 The pawn cannot be captured otherwise the King is outside the promoting square and, for example, 40 Kd4 f4! leaves White without any good moves.

 

Endgame Study #76: Stoltz – Nimzowitsch

Black to play and win (Board is oriented from Black’s point-of-view. Solution below).

 

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Black can deal with Whites a- and b-pawns currently but can White deal with a d- and g-pawn at the same time?

52…f4! creating the passed pawn 53 gxf4+ Kd6!! This move and only this move. (Black would also have played this if White had tried a5/b6 instead of gxf4+). Note that Ke6? allows f5+, Kd5? allows 54 a5 Kc5 55 b6 Kc6 56 f5 with a draw after 56…g3 and Kxf4?? loses after b6. The game continued 55. a6 Kc7 56. Ke2 d3+ 57. Kxd3 g2 58. Ke4 g1=Q 59. Kf5 Qb6 60. Kg5 Kd7 61. f5 Ke7 0-1

Example taken from the excellent book, Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics.

Endgame Study #75: Zinar, 1981

White to play and win. (Study by M. Zinar, 1981, solution below.)

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1. Kg7!! (idea, e4) Kd5 2. Kf7! (zugzwang) Ke5 3. Ke7 Kd5 4. Kd7 Kc4 (4…c5 5 Kc7) 5. Kc6! (5. e4? Kxc3 6. e5 c5 7. e6 Kd2 8. e7 c4 9. e8Q c3 drawing, since White has no check) 5…Kxc3 6. Kc5! and the e-pawn promotes.

(Analysis from John Nunn’s Endgame Challenge).