ChessCafe.com ChessCafe.com Book Review Endgame Studies Skittles Room Shop ChessCafe.com

ChessCafe.com

 
Only Search ChessCafe.com

ChessCafe.com

ChessCafe.com

Endgame Corner

Karsten Müller

Facebook

Translate this page

Inside Chess

Donate Now

Domination Distance, Part Two

In this column I present the solutions to last month's exercises and highlight the domination distances on the way.

E153.01 Shabalov, Alexander (2534) – Sargissian, Gabriel (2679)
Chicago Open Wheeling (6), 27.05.2012

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/8/4b3/8/8/p7/1k1K4/2N5 b - - 0 102"]

How did Black exploit the poor position of White's knight?

102...Bc4 0-1

White resigned as the bishop corrals the knight: 103.Kd1 Kc3 104.Ke1 Kc2-+.

E153.02 Sponheim, M (2073) – Holm, S (2256)
22nd ZMDI Open 2013 Dresden GER (9.30), 18.08.2013

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/2R5/1n6/5K2/8/8/5k2/8 w - - 0 82"]

White to move and win.

White must separate Black's forces with 82.Ke4!

After 82.Ke5? Ke3!, Black's forces can connect; e.g., 83.Rc3+ Kd2 84.Kd4 Na4 85.Ra3 Nb2 86.Ra2 Kc2=.

82...Ke2 83.Kd4

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/2R5/1n6/8/3K4/8/4k3/8 b - - 0 83"]

Knight check shadow.

83...Kd2 84.Rb7 1-0

E153.03 Kuling, L (2246) – Deviatkin, A (2569)
Groningen Open A Groningen NED (1.5), 22.12.2012

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/8/8/2p1P3/8/k3K3/6n1/8 w - - 0 80"]

How did Kuling's king save the draw?

Kuling's king saved the day with 80.Kd2!!

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/8/8/2p1P3/8/k7/3K2n1/8 b - - 0 80"]

The king dominates the knight with the Karpov distance.

However, neither 80.Ke4? Nh4 81.Kd5 Kb4 82.e6 Ng6-+ nor 80.Kd3? Kb3-+.

80...Nf4

80...Kb2 is answered by 81.e6 c4 82.e7 c3+ 83.Kd3 c2 84.e8Q c1Q 85.Qb5+=.

81.Kc3!

Kuling's king really works wonders!

81...Ne6 82.Kc4 Ka4 83.Kd5 Kb3 84.Kxe6 c4 85.Kf7 c3 86.e6 c2 87.e7 c1Q 88.e8Q Qc4+ 89.Qe6 Qxe6+ ½-½

E153.04 Rosen, E (2280) – Sadorra, J (2483)
College Final Four 2013 Rockville USA (2), 06.04.2013

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/8/2K5/8/3kP1p1/6N1/8/8 b - - 0 81"]

Black to move and draw.

Black saved himself with 81...Ke5!

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/8/2K5/4k3/4P1p1/6N1/8/8 w - - 0 82"]

Bodycheck and knight check shadow.

82.Kd7 Kf4 83.Kd6 Kxg3 84.e5 Kf2 85.e6 ½-½

E153.05 Wang, Hao (2731) – Nepomniachtchi, Ian (2733)
73rd Tata Steel GMA Wijk aan Zee NED (2), 16.01.2011

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/8/5p2/8/4kb2/8/1K6/1N6 b - - 0 79"]

Black to move and win.

Black won with 79...Kd3!

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/8/5p2/8/5b2/3k4/1K6/1N6 w - - 0 80"]

The king dominates the knight by moving into the knight check shadow and gives a bodycheck.

80.Kb3 Be5 0-1

Black resigned; e.g., 81.Na3 f5 82.Nc4 Bd4 83.Nd6 f4 84.Nf5 f3 85.Ng3 f2 86.Kb4 Be5 87.Nf1 Ke2-+.

E153.06 Tesik, C (2299) – Chernyshov, K (2564)
XXX Zalakaros Open Zalakaros HUN (9), 28.05.2011

Endgame Corner
[FEN "2rN2R1/5p2/8/5kp1/8/1K6/8/8 w - - 0 70"]

How to get rid off the annoying pin? With 70.Nxf7 or with 70.Rxg5+.

70.Nxf7? runs into a beautiful refutation.

70.Rxg5+!? Kxg5 71.Nxf7+ Kf6 72.Nd6!

Endgame Corner
[FEN "2r5/8/3N1k2/8/8/1K6/8/8 b - - 0 72"]

Saves the day as the knight joins forces with its king. (But not 72.Nh6? Ke5! 73.Nf7+ Kd5

Endgame Corner
[FEN "2r5/5N2/8/3k4/8/1K6/8/8 w - - 0 74"]

The king moves into the knight check shadow and the dominated steed will be caught sooner or later; e.g., 74.Kb4 Rf8 75.Ng5 Rf5 76.Nh3 Kd4 77.Ng1 Ke3 78.Nh3 Rh5 79.Ng1 Rh1-+) 72...Rc6 73.Nc4=.

70...Rxg8 71.Nh6+ Ke6 72.Nxg8 g4

Endgame Corner
[FEN "6N1/8/4k3/8/6p1/1K6/8/8 w - - 0 73"]

A tragicomical picture. White's king is just outside of the square and his knight is just not in time to catch the pawn.

73.Nh6 g3 74.Ng4 g2 0-1

E153.07 Gopal, G.N (2566) – Vallejo Pons, Francisco (2705)
11th Aeroflot Open A Moscow RUS (7.30), 13.02.2012

Endgame Corner
[FEN "1N6/4k3/8/6p1/2Pp2p1/8/1K6/8 b - - 0 60"]

Black to move and win.

Black wins with 60...Kd6!

Endgame Corner
[FEN "1N6/8/3k4/6p1/2Pp2p1/8/1K6/8 w - - 0 61"]

Knight check shadow.

61.c5+ Kc7!?

61...Kxc5?! 62.Nd7+ Kb5

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/3N4/8/1k4p1/3p2p1/8/1K6/8 w - - 0 63"]

Knight check shadow 63.Ne5 g3 64.Nf3 g2 65.Kc2 Kc4 66.Kd2 g4 67.Ng1 d3-+

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/8/8/8/2k3p1/3p4/3K2p1/6N1 w - - 0 68"]

Now the pawns dominate the knight for a change.

62.Na6+ Kc8

Endgame Corner
[FEN "2k5/8/N7/2P3p1/3p2p1/8/1K6/8 w - - 0 63"]

Knight check shadow.

63.Nb4 g3 64.Nd3 g2 0-1

E153.08 Adams, Michael (2728) – Golod, Vitali (2591)
Germany/Bundesliga 2010-2011 Germany (12), 19.03.2011

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/8/5k2/6p1/3K2P1/7P/1n3B2/8 w - - 0 78"]

White to move and win.

78.Bg1!!

The bishop leaves the knight's sphere of influence.

78...Ke6

78...Nd1 79.Kd3 Nb2+ 80.Kc3 Na4+ 81.Kb3+-; 78...Na4 79.Kc4 Ke5 80.Kb3 Kf4 81.Bh2+ Kf3 82.Kxa4 Kg2 83.h4+-.

79.Kc3 Na4+

79...Nd1+ 80.Kc2+-.

80.Kb3 Kd5 81.Kxa4 Ke4 82.Bh2 Kf3 83.Bd6 Kg2 84.h4 1-0

E153.09 Hovhannisyan, R (2610) – Vorobiov, E (2598)
Chigorin Mem Rapid St Petersburg RUS (7.5), 26.10.2012

Endgame Corner
[FEN "1R6/5p2/2P5/8/3n3k/5K1p/8/8 w - - 0 78"]

Where shall White's king go?

78.Kf4! Ne6+

78...Nxc6?! 79.Rh8#.

79.Ke3!!

Endgame Corner
[FEN "1R6/5p2/2P1n3/8/7k/4K2p/8/8 b - - 0 79"]

Karpov distance. 79.Ke5? Kg3=.

79...h2

79...Kg3 80.Rg8+ Kh2 (80...Kh4 81.Kf2+-) 81.Kf2 Kh1 can even be met by 82.c7 Nxc7 83.Rc8 Ne6 84.Kg3+-.

80.Kf2 Kg4

A second knight also brings no rescue: 80...h1N+ 81.Kg2 Ng3 82.Rb4+ Kg5 83.Kxg3 Kf6 84.Rb7 Nd8 85.c7 Nxb7 86.c8Q+-; 80...Kh3 81.Rb3+ Kg4 82.Kg2 Kf5 83.Rb7+-; 80...Nf4 81.Rh8+ Kg4 82.c7 Nh3+ 83.Rxh3 Kxh3 84.c8Q++-.

81.Kg2 Kf4 82.Rb7 Nd8

82...Ke5 83.c7+-.

83.c7 1-0

E153.10 Battaglini, Gabriel (2452) – Fressinet, Laurent (2696)
Corsica Masters KO 2011 Bastia FRA (1.2), 28.10.2011

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/4k3/8/n2B1p2/5P2/2P1K3/8/8 w - - 0 51"]

White to move and win.

In the fight of bishop against knight zugzwang and dominance often play a crucial role.

51.Kd4?

Walks onto the mined square. Tiptoeing around it with 51.Kd3! wins: 51...Kd7 (51...Kd6 52.Kd4+- Zugzwang) 52.Kc2 Kd6 53.c4 Nc6 (53...Kc5 54.Kc3 Kb6 55.Kb4+-) 54.Bxc6 Kxc6 55.Kc3 Kc5 56.Kd3 Kc6 57.Kd4 Kd6 58.c5+ Kc6 59.Kc4 Kd7 60.Kd5 Kc7 61.Ke5+-.

51...Kd6

Reciprocal zugzwang with White to move.

52.Bg8

52.c4 opens the cage and allows a blockade on the dark squares: 52...Nb3+ 53.Kc3 Nc5 54.Kb4?! Nd3+=.

52...Nc6+ 53.Kc4 Ne7 54.Bh7

54.Bf7 Kc6 55.Kd4 Kd6 56.Be8 Nd5=.

54...Kc6

Endgame Corner
[FEN "8/4n2B/2k5/5p2/2K2P2/2P5/8/8 w - - 0 55"]

Now the knight dominates the bishop, which occurs only very seldom.

55.Kd4 Kd6 56.c4 Nc6+ 57.Kc3 Ne7 58.Kd4

58.Kb4 Kc6 59.c5 Nd5+=.

58...Nc6+ 59.Kc3 Ne7 60.Kd4 Nc6+ ½-½


Order Endgame Corner #154 (Ebook)
by Karsten Müller

In ChessBase, PGN, and PDF formats. Viewable in Ipad, Itouch, Kindle, ChessBase and other PGN and PDF viewers.
All for only .99 cents!!


© 2014 Karsten Müller & BrainGamz, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Comment on this month's column via our official Chess Blog!


Purchases from our
chess shop help keep ChessCafe.com freely accessible:

Magnus-Force
Magnus Force (Ebook)
by Colin Crouch

The Panov-Botvinnik Attack: Move by Move
The Panov-Botvinnik Attack:
Move by Move

by Lorin D'Costa

The Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Move by Move
The Nimzo-Larsen Attack:
Move by Move

by Cyrus Lakdawala

ChessCafe.com About ChessCafe ChessCafe Archives ChessCafe Links ChessCafe Columnists ChessCafe.com ChessCafe.com ChessCafe.com
 
 

[ChessCafe Home Page] [ChessCafe Shop] [ChessCafe Blog]
[Book Review] [Columnists] [Endgame Study] [The Skittles Room]
[ChessCafe Links] [ChessCafe Archives]
[About ChessCafe.com] [Contact ChessCafe.com] [Advertising]

© 2014 BrainGamz, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
"ChessCafe.com®" is a registered trademark of BrainGamz, Inc.