Monday, February 7, 2011

Endgame Study #2 - White to Move

Studies are an entertaining way to learn the principles of endgame play. The carefully arranged positions allow the composer to isolate and emphasize the ideas at work.

The satisfying study below can be found in Chessboard Magic! by Irving Chernev. The composer is the Russian chessmaster Alexey S. Selezniev. As with most study composers, Selezniev was also a proficient player. A contemporary of Efim Bogoljubov, he defeated him in this game in 1923.

In this study, White's situation looks hopeless, but a clever drawing idea can be found. Can you work it out?

Find all of the endgame studies posted on The Pied Chessman here.

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