STUDY OF THE YEAR
The sub-committee for endgame studies, reporting to FIDE’s Permanent Commission for Chess Composition (the PCCC), announces its selection of a study of the year for each of the years 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Boris Gusev &
Moscow Town 1998
White to play and win 4+2
To win White must promote his pawn, but his knight, which he can ill afford to part with, is in peril, especially from Black’s king. It is not so simple.
“Magadan-60 AT” 1999
White to play and win 6+8
White can easily deal with Black’s threat to promote on g1, but Black also has threats to mobilise his dark pawn phalanx, against which White has ‘only’ his advanced d-pawn. Can the blocked pawn on a6 play a part?
White to play and win 4+3
In this case, although Black has only one active piece, that piece is the queen, while White’s men are for the moment passively placed — apart from the pawn on b6…