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training 46 | March 17n2012

lets improve your chess

A brave king
Experienced readers of this column probably already know about my
fascination with king marches. So heres another successful example of
a brave king walking all around the board but remaining unpunished!

girisgrabbag By GM Anish Giri

Amin,B - Vera Gonzalez Quevedo,R 20.d2!! 28...f2+?

Cappelle la Grande Open, 04.03.2012 Not only does this move look adorable, its Its hard to blame Black for miscalculating, but
also the strongest. The advantage over 000 now White is back in business. 28...g4 was
1.e4 c5 2.f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.xd4 f6 is that the b3pawn isnt hanging and therefore the most human way to draw. 29.xg4 xg4
5.c3 a6 6.c4 e6 7.b3 e7 8.g4!? 00 the king is in fact safer here. 20.000 f7 30.d5+ h7! 31.d4 g6! and the black
9.e3 (20...xb3 is probably too premature, though king feels just fine on a light square. 28...e8!
A clever move. White knows that fd7 can be after 21.c3! xc2! its still not so easy, with is fearless and also strong.
met by xe6!? and thus tries to make a more c4 coming.) 21.xf4 f8 22.h4 xb3! 29.e1! f1+!
useful move than g5 for that occasion. 9.g5 23.d2 c7 Suddenly counterplay is coming This is what Black was counting on. Clever, but
fd7 10.xe6 feels premature. 24.c3 though objectively White should still be not enough.
9...c6 10.g5 d7 11.g1 xd4 12.xd4 on top. e8a4 seems too slow due to ideas 30.xf1 e8+ 31.e5!
c5 13.h5! like h5!?. Leaving the black rook in a position where its
The queens also thrown into the attack. If I 20...f7 21.gxf6? hanging.
was playing Black Id be worried. A spectacular sequence follows, but objectively 31...xe5+ 32.d2! d5+
13...xb3 14.axb3 g6?! 15.h6 e5 16.e3 this lets a win slip. 21.xf4!? is simpler and 32...g5+ 33.c3 e3+ 34.d4! and the
e6? stronger - 21...f8 22.h4 f5! The only way white king escapes again, unlike its passive
Too slow. More in the spirit of the position to hold on (22...fxg5 23.xg5 mates right black colleague.
would be 16...f5! 17.gxf6 xf6 followed by g7, away.) 23.xg6! g7 24.xg7 (24.f4!! The 33.e3!
and only then Be6, trying to defend actively. most forceful move. 24...xd4 25.g6 and with XIIIIIIIIY
17.f4! exf4 18.d4! such beautiful open files it should finish badly 9-+-+-+k+0
A typical idea, which looks excellent here. for Black, though its not so easy.) 24...xg7 9+p+-+-+-0
I guess the guys on both e7 and e6 were 25.f4 leads to a disastrous-looking position 9p+-wQ-+-+0
envious. for Black. 25...fxe4 26.ae1 f5 27.c3 h8
18...f6 19.e2! 28.f2 White has a huge edge.
19.h4 would be an excellent idea if Black didnt 21...xf6 22.xg6+! hxg6 23.xg6+ g7!
have the following regroupment - 19...f7! 24.g1 d7 25.xf4!
20.h5 f8 though its still not that clear - I can understand the white player being unable 9-zPP+-+-zP0
21.hxg6 xh6 22.gxf7+ xf7 23.gxh6+ g6. to resist getting his pieces to the best squares. 9+-+-+R+-0
19...c8 However, a rook is a rook and his opponent xiiiiiiiiy
XIIIIIIIIY shows that its too early to call it a day. Everything hangs, but White is two precious
9r+q+-trk+0 25...xf4 26.xg7 f5!! pawns up!
9+p+-vl-+p0 The only way to do something about the mate, 33...e5+ 34.d4!
9p+-zplzppwQ0 and it works for Black! 26...g4 27.xg4 xg4 Excellent manoeuvring. This move tipped the
28.f6+ f8 29.h6+ f7 30.g7+ e6 balance for me to choose this game for this
31.xg4+ was probably the line White was week.
9-+-vLPzp-+0 aiming for. 34...e4+ 35.c3 e3+ 36.d3! c5+
9+P+-+-+-0 27.exf5 xf5 28.xd6 37.b4 b5+ 38.a4 xd3 39.cxd3 h5
9-zPP+N+-zP0 Brave and well-calculated! White has nothing The endgame must be lost for Black, whos
9tR-+-mK-tR-0 to fear and even though hes lost his advantage two pawns down with his king cut off, so Ill
xiiiiiiiiy hes still in a safety zone. conclude the game here. White won.  n

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Simple chess 2
Following the example of Harikrishna in CVT 39, Wojtaszek improves
his position with simple play. Again, its amazing how little you need, in
terms of positional advantage, to win a game.

guessthemove By IM Merijn van Delft

Wojtaszek,R (2706) - Mista,A (2587) 13.xe5 b5 14.f3 a7 are playable, but allow XIIIIIIIIY
ch-POL 2012 (Warsaw), 19.02.2012 Black to get his c8 problem piece into play, 9r+ltr-+k+0
therefore no points. 9+p+-vlpzpp0
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.c3 e7 4.f3 f6 12...xe5 13.xd8 9-+-+p+-+0
The classical Queens Gambit. The first new move. 13.xe5 a5 14.g3 b5 9zp-+-+-+-0
5.f4 15.f3 a7 followed by b7 allows Black to 9-+-+-+-+0
In CVT 43 we saw 5.g5. finish his development. 9+-vL-zPL+-0
5...00 6.e3 bd7 7.e2 dxc4 8.00 13...xd8 14.xe5 d5 9PzP-+-zPPzP0
The Aronian Variation, which he employs 14...b5 15.f3 a7 followed by ad7 may be
with both colours. 8.xc4 a6 9.a4 c5 10.00 a better try at getting the final pieces into play.
cxd4 11.xd4 b6 12.b3 xd4 13.xd4 is XIIIIIIIIY
what Karpov eventually didnt manage to win 9r+ltr-+k+0 Would you play:
against Krmer in the German Bundesliga one 9+p+-vlpzpp0 A) 17.ac1 to take control over the c-file;
week later. 9p+-+p+-+0 B) 17.fd1 to exchange Blacks only active
8...c5 9.dxc5 xc5 10.xc4 a6 piece;
10...xd1 11.fxd1 b6 12.d4 is more C) 17.d4 to remind Black of the b6square
comfortable for White.
9-+-+-+-+0 hes just weakened.
11.e5 cd7
XIIIIIIIIY 9PzP-+LzPPzP0 17.fd1!
9r+lwq-trk+0 9tR-+-+RmK-0 The most effective way of keeping Blacks
9+p+nvlpzpp0 xiiiiiiiiy position passive, 5 points. Not all exchanges
9p+-+psn-+0 Question 2 ease Blacks defensive task. 17.ac1 is also
Would you play: a reasonable option, 3 points. 17.d4 isnt
A) 15.fd1 to bring the final pieces into play; bad either, but gives Black a bit more hope of
9-+L+-vL-+0 B) 15.e4 to avoid further exchanges; freeing his position after 17...f6 so 2 points.
9+-sN-zP-+-0 C) 15.f3 to hinder the development of c8. 17...f6 18.xd8+ xd8 19.d1 c7
9tR-+Q+RmK-0 15.f3! 9r+l+-+k+0
xiiiiiiiiy Introducing the classic f3 versus c8 theme, 9+pvl-+-zpp0
Question 1 5 points. 15.fd1 when Black has to try 15... 9-+-+pzp-+0
Would you play: f6 16.xd5 xd5 is also an interesting way
A) 12.c1 to start bringing the rooks into play; of troubling Blacks development, 3 points.
B) 12.e2 to regroup the to the long diagonal; 15.e4 d7 doesnt worry Black, therefore no
C) 12.e2 to prepare the development of the points.
to d1. 15...xc3 16.xc3 a5 9PzP-+-zPPzP0
12.e2! 9+-+R+-mK-0
Sometimes moving backwards is the most (diagram) xiiiiiiiiy
effective way of making progress, 5 points. Question 4
12.c1 xe5 13.xe5 d7 and 12.e2 xe5 Question 3 Would you play: 

In this game quiz you can get a maximum of 40 points by answering the eight questions that follow the eight diagram
positions. More important than points though, is that you enjoy playing over the game and learn a few new ideas. If you
feel that the quiz questions are generally too difficult for you, dont be discouraged by the point system. You can simply
make a quick guess at the diagram positions and enjoy the beauty of the game.

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guessthemove By IM Merijn van Delft

A) 20.a4 to fix the weakness on a5; XIIIIIIIIY e7 allow Black to equalize, therefore no
B) 20.c1 to keep chasing the black ; 9r+l+-+-+0 points.
C) 20.h4 to grab some space on the kingside. 9+pvl-+-+p0 28...e6
9-+-+pmk-zp0 28...e6 runs into the powerful 29.c4!
20.h4!? 9zp-vL-+p+-0 29.b5 a6 30.e5+ g6 31.f4
A typical strategic idea, but maybe a bit slow, 3 9-+-+-+-+0 After Whites extraordinary positional play
points. Still, playing on both sides of the board 9+-+-zPL+-0 Black is almost paralysed.
is a key idea to remember. 20.c1 d8 21.d4 9PzP-+-zPP+0 31...d8
b8 22.a7 a8 23.c5 is a very concrete Giving up a pawn in order to activate the ,
way of keeping Blacks pieces in check, 5 but the counterplay turns out to be illusory.
points. 20.a4 b8 isnt so effective, therefore
xiiiiiiiiy 32.xb7 c6 33.b5!
no points. Would you play: Now that his also comes under fire, Blacks
20...f8 A) 25.b3 to fix the weakness on a5 in a subtle problems quickly become insurmountable.
Centralizing the is a natural thing to do way; 33...c1+ 34.h2 f7 35.d7 c5 36.a3!
in the endgame, but doesnt really improve B) 25.d6 to create entry squares for the on Activating the pawn majority on the queenside.
Blacks position here. 20...b8 had to be tried, the d-file; 36...g5 37.g3
to unpin the b-pawn. C) 25.f8 to attack the newly-created 37.g3! would have been the most effective
21.h5 weakness on h6. way of controlling the kingside.
Grabbing more space on the kingside. 37...h5 38.b4 axb4 39.axb4 d5 40.b5 f4
21...e7 25.b3! The final attempt to create counterplay. 40...h4
XIIIIIIIIY Another elegant little move, 5 points. 25.d6 would have been a better try, though.
9r+l+-+-+0 xd6 26.xd6 e7 27.b6 d8 is defendable 41.xf4 xf4+ 42.exf4 d2
9+pvl-mk-zpp0 for Black, so no points. 25.f8 a4 26.xh6 e5 XIIIIIIIIY
9-+-+pzp-+0 allows the black pieces back into the game, 9-+-+-+-+0
therefore no points. 9+R+L+l+p0
25...e5 9-+-+-+k+0
9-+-+-+-+0 25...a4 26.b4 was the idea, but Black should
9+-vL-zPL+-0 9+P+-+-+p0
still consider including these moves in order to
9PzP-+-zPP+0 try and confuse the issue.
9+-+R+-mK-0 26.d6 e4 26...xd6 27.xd6+ e7 no longer
xiiiiiiiiy works because of 28.xh6. 9-+-tr-zPPmK0
Question 5 27.e2 b6 9+-+-+-+-0
Would you play: XIIIIIIIIY xiiiiiiiiy
A) 22.d4 to push the black away from its 9r+l+-+-+0 Question 8
centralized position; 9+p+-+-+p0 Would you play:
B) 22.g4 to claim futher space on the kingside; 9-vl-vL-mk-zp0 A) 43.b6 to keep going with the b-pawn;
C) 22.h6 to create weaknesses in Blacks B) 43.c6 to take control of the long diagonal;
pawn structure. C) 43.g3 to give the a function as well.
A fascinating concept - a positional pawn
9+P+-zP-+-0 43.c6!
sacrifice in order to destabilize Blacks position 9P+-+LzPP+0 An elegant way of combining attack (supporting
on the kingside, 5 points. 22.d4 would have 9+-+R+-mK-0 the b-pawn) and defence, 5 points. 43.b6 xf2
been the standard move here, 3 points. 22.g4 xiiiiiiiiy only gets 4 points if 44.c6! was planned.
e5 doesnt really benefit White, therefore no Question 7 43.g3 h4+ is less clear, therefore no points.
points. Would you play: 43...xf2 44.xe4+ f6 45.f3 b2 46.b6 10
22...gxh6 A) 28.a3 to regroup the and attack the This pawn can no longer be stopped.
After 22...g6 and 22...g5 the white pawn on h6 black on the long diagonal;
can become a real pain for Black, and h7 is a B) 28.d5 to lift the and swing it along the Conclusion: this positional masterpiece is a
long term weakness. 5th rank; nice illustration of the art of exchanging the
23.d4 f5 24.c5+ f6 C) 28.f4 to attack the weakness on h6. right pieces. The march of the h-pawn is also
an idea worth remembering.  n
(diagram) 28.d5!
White needs to keep fighting for the initiative,
Question 6 5 points. 28.f4 e6 and 28.a3 e6 29.b2+

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Central passed pawn

How to deal with passed pawns is an important subject when studying
endings. Today, however, were going to find out that they can also play a vital
role in the middlegame.

improveyourplay By IM Thomas Willemze

Imeeva,A (2043) - Grabovets,N (1879) position shows that the pawn a) gives White especially the files next to the passed pawn
Moscow Open D (Women), 30.01.2011 a clear space advantage, b) creates outposts makes it much harder for Black to keep her
on d6 and f6 for the white pieces and c) keeps position together.
1.e4 e5 2.f3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.xd4 f6 the black pieces busy, making it a very good 22...d4
5.c3 e7 6.c4 00 7.00 c6 8.b3 distraction. All these factors combine in a very A very logical move, trying to keep the position
White is already taking prophylactic measures dangerous plan B: starting a direct attack on closed. It was important, however, to keep the
against the thematic d6d5. Moving the to b3 the enemy ! white out of play with 22...c5! Black would
will enable her to answer d5 with e5, creating a 19.ed4 e8 have had sufficient compensation for the
pawn majority on the kingside. It was time for active counterplay. 19...xd4! after 23.a2 d4 24.xd4 d3!.t
8...a5 9.a4 a6 10.f3 c7 11.ce2 d5 12.e5 20.cxd4 b6! 21.c2 f7, followed by e6 23.c5 xc5
fe8 and af8 would have given Black excellent This move costs a piece and gives White a
The slightly more active 12...d7 followed by chances. winning advantage, but the only way of staying
a quick d7c5 would have given the better 20.xe6 in the game was very hard to find: 23...h8!
prospects. The right idea! Earlier we described the as 24.g4 e4! 25.xe6 xc5 Threatening both
13.f4 f6 14.f3 a very suitable blockader since its mobility xe6 and h4. White will, however, keep a
White correctly maintains the tension in the is in no way reduced by the presence of clear edge after 26.h2! xf3 27.xf3 xe6
centre. the white . In this particular position the 28.f7 g8 29.g7+ xg7 30.xe6.
14...fxe5 15.fxe5 g4 16.c3 g6 would also be doing fine at e6, but if we add a 24.g5
Black is fully aware of the central passed black at f5 the picture is completely altered. The deadly g4threat is now impossible to
pawns potential and organises a firm blockade However, the and the will always be the parry.
at e6. worst blockaders. Both pieces lose a lot of 24...f8 25.xe6 xe6 26.xe6+ xe6
17.h1 g7 18.h6 ce6 mobility when standing in front of an enemy 27.xf8+ xf8 28.xf8 xf8 29.xd4
XIIIIIIIIY and their high vulnerability makes them very After a forced series of moves White has
9r+-wq-trk+0 unsuitable for blockading tasks. In fact, White reached a clearly winning versus ending.
9+p+-vl-snp0 would love to see a heavy black piece at e6, 29...fe8 30.e1 b6 31.xb6 a8 32.b3
9-+p+n+pvL0 so her first task is simple: exchange as many ae8 33.d1 f8 34.d7 6e7 35.e6 g8
minor pieces as possible! As a result, 20.xg7 36.f3 xd7 37.exd7 d8 38.xc6 f7
might even have been an improvement on the 39.d6 10
9P+-+-+l+0 text move, since it makes it likely that more
9+LzP-+N+-0 minor pieces will be exchanged in the near Macieja - Socko
9-zP-+N+PzP0 future. Polish Ch (Warsaw), 2012
9tR-+Q+R+K0 20...xe6 21.h3 f5 XIIIIIIIIY
xiiiiiiiiy XIIIIIIIIY 9r+-+-trk+0
Lets take a closer look at the position and see 9r+-wqr+k+0 9zppwql+-+p0
what White can do with her passed . The most 9+p+-vl-+p0 9-+-sn-+pvl0
obvious plan would be to line up the heavy 9-+p+n+pvL0 9zP-zpPzpp+-0
pieces behind it and try to push it to the other
9zp-+pzPl+-0 9-+P+P+-vL0
side of the board. Thats far from easy, however,
since Black has a lot of blockading pieces
9P+-+-+-+0 9+-sNQ+P+-0
at her disposal. The especially feels very
9+LzP-+N+P0 9-+-+L+PzP0
comfortable on e6, not hindered in any way by 9-zP-+-+P+0 9tR-+-+RmK-0
the e-pawn. As a result, White needs a back- 9tR-+Q+R+K0 xiiiiiiiiy
up plan. Luckily for her, there are also other xiiiiiiiiy Exercise. White to move: how would you
advantages associated with the possession 22.c4! continue? You can find the solution in the next
of a passed pawn. A closer inspection of the Very well played! Opening the position and section.

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furtherexamples By IM Thomas Willemze

Macieja - Socko 16...c5 If Black had known what was going to happen hed probably have abstained from giving his opponent a
Polish Ch (Warsaw), 2012 central passed and instead gone for 16...c7 17.a5 cxd5 18.cxd5 , although White would in any case have
XIIIIIIIIY kept a clear edge. 17.bxc5 xc5 18.xc5 dxc5 19.a4 d6 Its again instructive to see how the is able to
9r+l+-trk+0 block the and put pressure on c4 and e4 simultaneously. 20.a5 c7 21.00 d7 Blacks last move brings us
9zpp+q+n+p0 to the exercise from the previous section and in fact makes it easier to find the right solution. However, its quite
9n+pzp-+pvl0 hard to suggest an improvement since the has no other squares at its disposal. 22.e7! Of course! White
9+-+Pzpp+-0 would love to exchange the important blockading piece, forcing the to take its place. 22...f7 23.xd6 xd6
24.fb1 Black has his kingside under control, so White tries his luck on the other wing. 24...b8 25.d1 f6
26.a4 c8 The black pieces are tied down to the defense of the queenside, so its time to call in the distractor!
9zPNsNQ+P+-0 27.d6! e6 28.d7 d8 28...ff8 29.e1! followed by exf5 would also have led to a clear edge for White. 29.xb7
9-+-+L+PzP0 h4 30.g3 h5 31.f1 h3 32.xa7 f4 33.g4 xg4 34.a6 g5 35.b7 h4 36.a7 ff8 37.d5 g3 38.b2!
9tR-+-mK-+R0 h4 39.b6 g7 40.c6 10
Haddouche - Donchenko
White has a clear edge due to his two s and small space advantage. With his next move he creates a passed Marienbad, 2012
in the centre for himself. 30.f5 d5 31.exd5 d6 31...exd5 32.xe8+ xe8 33.xb5 cant be recommended. 32.a4 XIIIIIIIIY
b7 Keeping the s on the board is quite risky, as the remainder of the game will show. 32...xa4 33.xa4 9-tr-+r+k+0
b2 34.xe8 xd2+ 35.h3 xe8 would therefore have given Black better chances of survival. 33.f3! White 9wq-+-+-vl-0
maximizes the pressure. 33.c6 would have been another elegant way of making use of the passed s outpost.
The resulting ending after 33...xc6 34.dxc6 xf5 35.a4 is very unpleasant for Black. 33...exf5 34.e6! A very
thematic move. White uses the outpost to start an attack against the black . 34...a8 Once the white has
reached the kingside things start to look very unhealthy for White. It was therefore absolutely necessary to go for
34...xe6 35.dxe6 e7, although 36.d5 gives White a very clear edge. 35.f4 f7 36.d6 With this discovered 9+-zPP+-zP-0
attack the is again used as an annoying distractor. 36...b2 37.xg6 a2 Black desperately tries to organise a 9-+-vL-+K+0
counterattack. 38.d1 xc3 39.h3 xd3 40.d7 d8 41.a5 a3 42.xd8 b2 43.h1 10 9+-tRLtR-+-0

David - Heimann Before we take a closer look at this third example lets summarise what weve seen so far. Whites most
Zrich Weihnachtsopen, 2011 important strategy consists of simultaneously 1) pushing the passed and 2) starting an attack against the
XIIIIIIIIY black or on the queenside. To achieve these goals it can be useful to a) exchange s and s, b) open up
9-+-tr-trk+0 the position and allow the to support the attack by c) making use of its outposts and d) using it as a distractor.
We saw examples of exchanging minor pieces and exploiting outposts in the previous examples. In this game,
White immediately started opening up the files next to the passed . 18.f4! g4 19.g3 exf4 20.xf4 e5
9-zp-+-+p+0 21.c1 The was well-placed at a3, so it would have been a better idea to exchange the s right away with
9sn-+Pzp-+-0 21.xe5! xe5 22.f2 , giving Black less time to organise a blockade. 21...f6 22.h3 d7 23.e2! b7 24.d4
9-+p+P+-+0 de8 25.e3 xf4 26.xf4 e5 27.d2 d6 28.e1 b5 29.f3 e7 30.e5! fxe5 31.xe5 g7 32.xf8+
9wQ-zP-vLP+-0 xf8 33.e3 f5 White doesnt mind exchanging s at all! 34.xf5 xf5 35.c5 h6 36.d6 With no reliable
9P+L+N+PzP0 blockading pieces remaining the has suddenly become very dangerous. 36...c1+ 37.e1 f4 38.d7 d6
9+R+-+RmK-0 39.xb5 g7 40.e8 d1+ 41.h2 10
Petrosian - Kortschnoj
We finish with a very famous game, illustrating all the different stages of the white plan. 16...f5 17.e5 The
Candidates (Ciocco), 1977
white s, and are optimally placed to support the passed . The is on its way to the beautiful outpost at
c6. 17...d6 18.c6! xc6 Keeping the strong alive with, for instance 18...h4 wouldnt have been pleasant, XIIIIIIIIY
but would have been preferable to the text move. In the game White uses a petite combination to exchange the 9r+-wq-trk+0
minor pieces and acquire a very dominant position. 19.dxc6 xc4 20.f4! 20.xd8 looks tempting, but fails to 9zpl+-snpzpp0
20...fxd8 21.xd8+ xd8 22.c7 f8! 23.d1 b5 24.d8 b6. 20...d6 21.xd6 c7 White has achieved his 9-zp-+-+-+0
main goals. The position is wide open and without s and s the black heavy pieces are doomed to passivity. 9+-+P+-+-0
I strongly recommend carefully playing through the remainder of the game and enjoying the fine way in which 9-+L+-+-+0
Petrosian patiently optimises his position and combines the threat of pushing the with an attack on the . 9+-+-+N+-0
22.g3 h6 23.e5 ac8 24.d5 h7 25.e4 g8 26.g2 a6 27.h4 b5 28.g4 h7 29.e2 h8 30.g5 h5 9P+-wQ-zPPzP0
31.d2 fe8 32.f3 g6 33.2d5 f8 34.f6 e7 35.d7 White finishes the game in style, making use of the 9+-+RtR-mK-0
outpost. 35...e8 36.xg6 e5 37.xh5# 10 n xiiiiiiiiy

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tacticstactics By IM Robert Ris

9-+-+nmkn+0 9-+r+r+k+0 9-+k+-+rtr0
9+q+-+pzp-0 9zp-+pwqp+p0 9+p+-zpp+-0
9p+-zp-+-+0 9nzp-+-+pvL0 9p+-zp-sn-+0
9zP-zpP+N+p0 9+-+-+-+-0 9+-+-+P+-0
9-+P+-+PzP0 9-+-sN-+-wQ0 9-+-+-+q+0
9+-+N+P+-0 9vl-+R+-zP-0 9+-+L+-zP-0
9-+-+QmK-+0 9P+-+PzPKzP0 9P+P+QmK-zP0
9+-+-+-+-0 9+R+-+-+-0 9+R+-+-+R0
xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy
9r+-+-+k+0 9-+-+ktr-+0 9r+-+-trk+0
9+l+q+r+p0 9+-+p+p+-0 9+p+-wq-vl-0
9n+p+-snNwQ0 9-zp-+pwQ-zp0 9-+-zp-+n+0
9zp-+p+N+-0 9+-trqsn-+-0 9zp-zpPzp-wQp0
9-zp-zpP+-+0 9-+-sN-+-+0 9-+P+P+l+0
9zPL+-+P+-0 9zP-zPR+-+-0 9+PsN-+NzP-0
9-zPP+-+P+0 9-+-+-zPPzP0 9P+-+-+L+0
9tR-+-mK-+R0 9+-+-tR-mK-0 9+-+-mKR+R0
xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy
9-+-+-+rmk0 9-+r+-tr-+0 9-+ktr-+-+0
9zpp+-+p+-0 9zpl+-+pmk-0 9zpp+rzppvl-0
9-+-zp-+q+0 9nzp-+-wq-+0 9-wqp+-+-zp0
9zP-+Pzp-+p0 9+-+-zpPzpp0 9+-+nzPPzp-0
9-zP-+Psn-+0 9PzPP+P+-+0 9-+P+-+-+0
9+-+-wQP+-0 9+-sN-wQ-+-0 9+-+-+N+P0
9-+-+-+-zP0 9-+-+L+P+0 9PzPPvLQzP-+0
9+-tR-+L+K0 9+-+R+RmK-0 9+K+R+-+R0
xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy
9-+r+-trk+0 9-tr-+q+k+0 9-+-tr-+k+0
9zplwq-vlpzpp0 9+-+-+-vl-0 9zpp+-vlpzp-0
9-+-+p+-+0 9lsnn+-+Nzp0 9-+-+-+-+0
9zp-snp+-+-0 9zp-+pzP-+-0 9+-+-+-+p0
9R+-+-+-+0 9-+-zP-+QzP0 9-+Q+-+-+0
9+P+LzP-+-0 9+-+-+-zP-0 9zP-+-zPqvL-0
9-vLPsN-zPPzP0 9P+-+-+L+0 9-zP-+-zP-zP0
9+-+Q+RmK-0 9+RvL-+-mK-0 9+-tR-+-mK-0
xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy
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Centurinis rule
In the 19th century the Italian player Centurini took a closer look at endings
with only one pawn. When the gets in front of the pawn the draw is rather
simple. If thats impossible the should get behind the .

practicalendings By IM Robert Ris

Fressinet,L (2696) - Smeets,J (2619) XIIIIIIIIY XIIIIIIIIY

Schachbundesliga (Remagen), 26.02.2012 9-+-+L+-+0 9-+-+-+-+0
XIIIIIIIIY 9+-+-mK-+-0 9+-+-+-mK-0
9-+-+L+-+0 9-+-+-zP-+0 9-+-+-zP-+0
9+-+-+-mK-0 9+-+-mk-+-0 9+-+-+-mkl0
9-+-+-zP-+0 9-+l+-+-+0 9-+-+-+-+0
9+-+lmk-+-0 9+-+-+-+-0 9+-+-+-+-0
9-+-+-+-+0 9-+-+-+-+0 9-+L+-+-+0
9+-+-+-+-0 9+-+-+-+-0 9+-+-+-+-0
9-+-+-+-+0 xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy
9+-+-+-+-0 counterpart. Now the White is on e7 Black And Black secures a draw. Of course White
xiiiiiiiiy changes course and returns to e5 in order can play on a little longer, but this defensive
White is close to queening his f-pawn, but he to take control over e6, preventing the white method illustrates that White will fail to make
still has to deal with the problem of Blacks from interfering on the a2g8 diagonal.) further progress. Note that 104...f5? doesnt
covering the only remaining light square on 105...f3 (It doesnt really matter where the suffice, because of 105.f7 c6 when the
the f-file (f7). Whites plan for advancing the arrives on the e8h5 diagonal. Now the White vacates the f7square for the pawn with gain
f-pawn is pretty simple and consists of two is on f7, Black has two moves to reach one of time by means of 106.g6+.
steps: 1) Driving off the Black from the a2g8 of the two diagonals. It would be equally good 105.f7!
diagonal and 2) Interfering with the on g6 on to play 105...c6 106.e6 e8 when White is White of course sticks to the aforementioned
the other e8h5 diagonal. In concrete terms, if unable to deflect the from covering f7, since plan. Soon it becomes clear that Black is no
it was White's turn right now he could win by 107.d7 can be parried by 107...h5! longer able to prevent the interference of the
1.f7 f3 2.c4 h5 3.d3 followed by 4.g6 XIIIIIIIIY on g6. Worse is 105.b5? b3 and White
when Black can no longer retain control over 9-+-+-+-+0 cant deflect the opponents from protecting
the f7square. Does that mean Black is just 9+-+L+-mK-0 f7. White has to bring his to f7 with 106.e8
lost now? 9-+-+-zP-+0 but then Black saves the game with 106...f4
104...c4? as we saw in the notes to 104...f4!
Wasting a valuable tempo costs Smeets the 105...e2
game. Black has the important defensive
9-+-+-mk-+0 Also in case of 105...b5 106.a2 e8
mechanism of 104...f4! with the idea of
9+-+-+-+-0 107.b1 followed by 108.g6 Black cant keep
transferring the to g5, taking control over g6 9-+-+-+-+0 his on the e8h5 diagonal.
and thus preventing White from implementing 9+-+-+-+-0 106.b3
the second step by interfering with the on xiiiiiiiiy Vacating the f7square and preparing the
the e8h5 diagonal. As previously mentioned, Its very important that Black has four squares transfer to g6. The immediate 106.g6?! makes
when the cant get in front of the pawn it available on both diagonals. If all the pieces no sense because of 106...c4 although it
should stand behind the . It turns out White were moved one file to the right White would doesnt spoil anything as White can just repeat
cant win this position, e.g. 105.f7 (Another be winning. In that case one diagonal (f8 moves. White shouldnt therefore allow the
possibility is 105.f8 but then Black can just h6) would be only three squares long, which to return to c4. Any useful waiting move on the
delay making the decision of where to put his means the stronger side would succeed in a2g8 diagonal forces Black to go to the other
. Only after 105...c4 106.e7 does Black deflecting his opponents .) 106.b3 h5 diagonal, after which White proceeds with the
play 106...e5! 107.c2 (Again, White cant deprive the Black second step. Therefore 106.g8 h5 107.h7
of control of f7 with 107.d1 in view of would also have been correct.
(diagram) 107...e8 and Black holds on.) 107...g5! 106...h5 107.c2!

When his is ideally placed behind its (diagram) (diagram) 

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practicalendings By IM Robert Ris

9-+-+-+-+0 the crucial g5square.10 enables the weaker to stay on the remaining
square on the diagonal and stop the passed
Conclusion: Centurinis rule, discovered in pawn.
9-+-+-zP-+0 the mid19th century, still holds in theoretical After the Dutchmans blunder Fressinet
9+-+-mk-+l0 endings with s of the same colour. When grabbed his chance, exploiting the wasted
9-+-+-+-+0 the defensive side fails to get his in front tempo and accurately executing the winning
9+-+-+-+-0 of the pawn he should try to bring it behind strategy. Theres no doubt Smeets knew the
9-+L+-+-+0 the opponents in order to control the square ins and outs of this type of ending, but after
9+-+-+-+-0 where the aims to interfere. In the comments such a long and exhausting battle even the
xiiiiiiiiy to 104...f4! the necessity for the defensive best players commit mistakes which can turn
and Black resigned. After 107...f4 108.g6! to have at least four squares on both diagonals the tables in a single move. Nevertheless,
the consequences of Blacks painful mistake becomes evident. The (two squares) and refreshing your memory and knowledge of
on the 104th move are perfectly visible, as the (one square) of the stronger side can cover elementary endgames remains worthwhile,
black comes one tempo short of reaching a maximum of three squares together, which even for top players. n

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38.xe8+! [38...xe8 39.xd6+ d7 40.xb7+] 10 Bigg-White, +] 26.xf6+ 10 Le Corre- Ninov, 10th Nancy Masters B 2012 FRA
e2e4 Brighton Masters Brighton ENG (7), 18.02.2012 (5), 23.02.2012
20.xa3! [20...xh4 21.gxh4+; 20...xa3 21.f6+] 10 Le Roux- 18...c3+! 19.xc3 xf2! 20.xd7 [20.xf2 xd1+ 21.xd1 xd1#;
Mocquard, 16th Guingamp Open Guingamp FRA (1), 18.02.2012 20.de1 xe2 21.xe2 d1+ 22.xd1 xd1#] 20...xe2 21.xd8+
24...xh2+! 25.xh2 xg3+ 26.f1 g1# 01 Csirik-Nagy, TCh- xd8+ Bologan-Naiditsch, Chebanenko Memorial KO Chisinau
HUN 201112 Szombathely (6), 19.02.2012 MDA (3.2), 19.02.2012
25.g7+! xg7 26.h6# 10 Borbjerggaard-Christensen, Bronshoj 15.xh7+! xh7 16.h5+ g8 17.xg7! f5 [17...xg7 18.g4+
Lang Weekend 2012 Copenhagen DEN (1), 10.02.2012 f6 19.g5#] 18.g6 f7 19.h6+ [19.e5++] 19...h8 20.xf7+
27.f5! [27...xd3 28.g7#; 27...exf5 28.xd5 xd5 29.xe5++] Stefanova-N.Kosintseva, ACP Women Cup 2012 Tbilisi GEO (9.5),
10 Sipos-Csom, TCh-HUN 201112 Budapest HUN (6), 19.02.2012 21.02.2012
33...xf3! 34.xe7 [34.xf3 xg5+; 34.xg6 xc3+] 34...xf1+ 27.xb6! xb6 28.xd5+ h7 29.f5! [29...e7 30.f8+ h8
35.xf1 xe7+ Svobodova- Ivanov, 3rd Novy Bor Open Novy Bor 31.h7#; 29...xg6 30.g8+ xg8 31.xg6+] 10 Bartel-
CZE (7), 16.02.2012 Markowski, ch-POL 2012 Warsaw (9), 26.02.2012
33...e2! 34.h3 [34.xe2 g2#; 34.xe2 g1#; 34.e1 g1+ 23...h4! [24.f4 d1+ 25.xd1 xd1+ 26.g2 hxg3+; 24.f4 g4+
35.xg1 xg1#] 34...xc1 35.xc1 g5+ Pucher-Bellahcene, 25.f1 g5 26.e5 d1+! 27.xd1 xc4++; 24.xh4 b5!+] 01
10th Nancy Masters B 2012 Nancy FRA (5), 23.02.2012 Savchenko-Riazantsev, Chebanenko Memorial KO Chisinau MDA
25.d6! xb4 [25...xd6 26.xg5+ h7 27.f6+; 25...e7 26.f6+ (1.2), 19.02.2012

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