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Vasily Smyslov: Endgame Virtuoso

Vasily Smyslov: Endgame Virtuoso by Vasily Smyslov

former World Champion Translated by Ken Neat


First published in 1997 by Gloucester Publishers plc, (fonnerly Everyman Publishers plc), Gloucester Mansions, 140a Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8HD English Translation Copyright


1997 Ken Neat

Reprinted 2003 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any fonn or by any means, electronic, electrostatic, magnetic tape, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of the publisher.

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(fonnerly Cadogan Chess)

Chief Advisor: Garry Kasparov Commissioning Editor: Byron Jacobs Russian Series Editor: Ken Neat Typeset by Ken Neat, Durham

Printed by Lightning Source

Co ntents From the Author


Pawn Endings



Minor Piece Endings



Rook Endings



Endings with Rooks and Minor Pieces



Endings with Queens



My Studies



Illustrative Games


Index of Opponents Index of Openings

175 176

Fro m the Author Many chess games conclude in the endgame, and from ancient times this stage of the game has been analysed. There are monographs and reference books dedicated to the endgame, where a study is made of theoretical positions, a knowledge of which can assist the chess player. The endgame has its specific features. In the middlegame the king hides from the attacks of the enemy pieces, but in the endgame it participates actively in the play. The role of passed pawns increases. The small number pieces on the board creates an illusion of simplicity, but positions that appear simple often conceal deep and beautiful possibilities. In the practical endgame there remains broad scope for creativity, despite all the theoretical analysis. Skill in endgame play demands precise calculation and rich imagination . I have always enjoyed playing endings and have never avoided going into an endgame, if the logic of the struggle demanded it. The properties and peculiarities of the pieces are most clearly revealed in the endgame. Delving into the secrets of the endgame reveals an amazing world of chess hannony. Not without reason did study composition, which can rightly be called the poetry of chess, originate in the concluding stage of the game. This book includes 122 endings from my career, and 40 games played in international competitions and in my own country. In the illustrative games the reader can trace the connection between the opening, the middlegame and the endgame. A few studies com posed by me are also given. A knowledge of the endgame is the magic key to the secrets of chess m astery. Vasily Smyslov


Pawn Endi ngs

Pawn endings occur comparatively rarely in practice, because the outcome is usually determined before the minor and heavy pieces disappear from the board. However, the spectre of a pawn ending hangs over the board, when as a result ofexchanges the remaining pieces may leave thefield ofbattle. In this chapter only a few endings are given, but the reader will frequently encounter pawn ending motifs when examining the other types ofendings. Despite the limited material, pawn endings are often very difficult, abounding in study-like subtleties, and paradoxical ideas are sometimes encountered. Normally, pawn endings can be analysed exhaustively and a categorical evaluation of the position given. This makes studying the theory of pawn endings interesting, and even fascinating.


19th USSR Championship Moscow 1951

This pawn ending is almost like a study. When my opponent made his next move, he was sure that he was going to win. 4S g4 Suppressing Black's counter-play associated with ...f6-f5 or ...g5-g4.

Now the white king intends to march across to c4. 4S... hxg3! 46 fxg3 g4! A paradoxical decision, since the h-pawn becomes a protected passed pawn. 47 h4 cS 48

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