SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
My readers will enjoy the following chess study by L.Katsnelson! The theme revolves around the trapped Black King in the corner and White’s attempts to check mate his majesty. Along the way one finds Black promoting 2 of his pawns to Queens, unfortunately not sufficient to safe the Black King! You have to see this to believe it—it is really neat! Enjoy!
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN
Premature is the immediate 1. Kxd6? (threatening Bd5ch and Rh8 mate) because Black manages to control h8 in time: 1… a1Q 2. Bd5 Kb8! 3. Bf4 Rxb4 4. Be5 Rb6 etc,
For this reason, White needs to block the a1-h8 diagonal. This explains White’s first move:
Black has no choice but to take this offer
1… ab 2. Kxd6 !
Now White threatens Bd5ch and Rh5 mating. Black’s only defence is to deflect the White King
2… Ra6! 3. Kc7 !
White threatens Bd5
3… Rc6! 4. Kxc6 b1Q [if 4… a1Q then 5. Bd5 is good enough]
Now 5.Bd5 does not work because after 5…Qxh7 there is no mate for White
5. Rh8 !!! The key move
Threatening mate in 1 move.
5… a1Q !
Black hopes that this move saves his skin by attacking the White Rook
6. Bd5!!! Ouch!
White has no respect for material. Black must take the Rook
6… Qxh8 7. Kc7# #
A triumph of mind over material! Black has an extra 2 Queens, but they are useless. Mate is what ends the game.
L.Katsnelson was born 10-1-1936 in Leningrad/St.Petersburg
In 1976 Katsnelson was awarded by the title of the judge of the All-Union (now – higher) category for the successful judging of the largest competitions. He has published two books, ”Twenty five chess endgame studies of Leonard Katsnelson” (1996) and ”The Family Chess Study” (2000), both published in St.Petersburg
There is also an interesting article entitled ”Training by means of studies ” by V.Katsnelson, which draws upon some of the studies of L.Katsnelson.
”It is well known that chess studies are helpful in training for different endgame positions. One must only collect corresponding studies. The famous chess trainer Mark Dvoretsky has a special card index collected for this purpose, containing a thousand studies. Last year www.e3e5.com announced M.Dvoretsky’s jubilee competition in composing studies for practical players to be held in 2007, which is to contribute significantly to the card index.
But composers permanently searching for ‘golden grains’ in endgames, sometimes want themselves to share their doubts, grieves and finds with readers. Below, I shall bring studies published earlier but here they will be presented in corrected form for the first time. I recommend to practical players and their trainers to pay attention not only to the main play but also to various tries, traps and proof variations which can be useful for training in endgames.”
The entire article (with many examples, carefully explained) can be found at the link given below:
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS