By Reuben Fine

Basic Chess Endings, written through overseas Grandmaster Reuben superb, is the main authoritative reference at the endgame. critical scholars of the sport locate the paintings unequalled in its intensity and diversity. Now, Grandmaster good friend Benko has revised this vintage with the most recent suggestions within the endgame and tailored the publication to algebraic notation. the result's what chess aficionados were eagerly ready for--a completely glossy bible on uncomplicated chess endings.

A convenient consultant for the sensible participant, Basic Chess Endings makes a speciality of the features of the finishing that ensue most often during play. With transparent language, it reinforces wisdom of the traditional place and tried-and-tested principles. enormous quantities of diagrams make examples effortless to persist with. An quintessential reference for each chess participant.

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31 Ke2xf3 Rf6+f7 39 Ra6-a2 Rb7-g7 32 33 Kf3-e2 Ke6-d6 40 Kd4-d3! Rg2xa2 b3-b4 Rc7*b7 34 h4-h5 41 Ralxa2 Rg7-e7 There i s no hope in 41 . . Rg7-gl 42 Ra2-a6! Rgl - d l + 43 Kd3-c2 R d l - h l 44 M - b 5 R h l x h 5 45 Ra6xc6t Yd6-d7 46 Rc6-a6. A slight inaccuracy, according t o Capablanca himself. He should have played (he says) 34 f2-f4, and if Page 19 Game 6 and the rest is an easy win for White. 42 Ra2-g2 43 Rg2-g7 Re7-e6 After all its threatening gestures on the 0-side, White's energetic Rook rushes to force a decision on the K-side.

But now accepted. '. bl b5-b4 Worth more than a passing glance was 9 Nc3-a2 in order to deploy the Knight (after 10 Bcl -d2) t o b3 (by way of cl ) where it would occupy a strong, unassailable position. A fine example of this strategic &cement of the Knight occurs in the Alekhine-Tarrasch game at Hastings i n 1922. 9 ... ID 0-0 11 d4x6 c7-c5 Nb8-c6 With this White gives u p the center, fearing perhaps that his opponent might capture first, leaving him with an isolated Pawn.

Na5-c4, the attack on the c-file being compensation to Black for his otherwise cramped position. 11 Ral-dl The immediate 11 Be3-h6 ( t o get: rid of Black's strongest minor piece) would be an error, as a f t e r I 1 . . Nc6xd4 12 Bh6xg7 Nd4xe2t 13 Qd2xe2 Kg8xg7, Black wins a piece. I 11 12 ... ~4 Ne7-f5 More to the point was 19 Bishop). Pins the Knight and menaces 22 92-94 and 23 94-g5, winning the unfortunate creature. 12 . . Ra8-c8, followed by 1 3 . . Nc6-a5and 1 4 . . Na5-c4, t o gain control of c4 (and perhaps enforce an exchange of Knight for 13 Be3-h6 Bd7-c8 I 34 15 Bh6xg7 Qd2-e3 e7-e5 I 16 f2ef4 Bc8-e6 17 Nc3-d5 Be6xd5 I Kg8xg7 The exchange i s forced, the cgnsequences of a Queen move being disastrous.

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