Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Winning with the wrong bishop

A copy of "Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge" by Yuri Averbakh landed on my doormat on Saturday and I can't put it down. I'd love to be able to say it was simply revision, but, despite a lot of years playing chess, I'm still learning new things in the 'simplest' positions. I'm also envisaging some extra points on the tournament table.

In last week's improvement tip we looked at bishop and rook pawn of the wrong colour. Here's some further knowledge from Averbakh:

The diagram on the left shows another 'drawing-trick', because of the unfortunate position of the bishop, White can make no progress. The diagram on the right though, shows how bishop of the wrong colour can sometimes create a win; a clever manouevre by the Bishop keeps the Black king away from the corner, and allows the pawn to queen:

1 Be6! Ke7; 2 h6! Kf6

(the bishop is immune, as capturing allows the pawn to queen)

3 Bf5! Kf7; 4 Bh7! Kf6; 5 Kf4 Kf7; 6 Kg5 Kf8; 7 Kf6 Ke8; 8 Kg7 etc.

Back in 1984, in his column in the short lived Chess Express, John Nunn showed an ending from Paulsen - Metger, Nuremburg 1888 that combines both of the above themes. Paulsen played wrongly and only drew:

Nunn, Chess Express Column

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