lunedì 14 giugno 2010

3rd prize Shakhmatnaya kompozitsia 1998

EG No 11533
Reprinted with permission
Gherman Umnov
3rd prize Shakhmatnaya kompozitsia 1998

White: Kf7, Re7; pawns - e3, h7
Black: Kg2, Ra2, Bh8; pawns - a7, d5

l.Kg8 Bf6/i 2.Rf7/ii Be5 3.Rg7+ Kf3 4.h8Q Rh2 5.Rf7+ Ke4
6.Rf4+ Bxf4 7.Qd4+ Kf3 8.Qxf4+, winning the black Bishop and the 'game'.

i) 1...Ba1(Bc3) 2.Rg7+ Kh1 3.h8Q+ Rh2 4.Rg1+ and 5.QxB. Or
1...Kf3 2.Kxh8 Rg2 3.Re5 a5 4.Rxd5 a4 5.Ra5 Rg4 6.e4. So we
see why Black chooses f6 for his bishop. ii) 2.Rg7+? Kh1 3.h8Q+
Rh2 4.Rg1+ Kxg1 5.Qxf6 Rg2+, perpetual check.

"A chiselled study with light construction exhibiting
echo-sacrifices of the white Rook in both try and solution. If not on the grand
scale, nevertheless the taste is just right!"

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