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Endgame Studies # 6 E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 20:54

Vitaly Kovalenko (1947-2014) is no more. The eminent Russian composer had a massive heart attack that turned fatal. In his chequered career the veteran composed more than 560 studies with a number of prizes to his credit. In later years he served as a judge in composing competitions. This was not without controversy. On one occasion his verdict was disputed by a participant who received the least number of points for his studies. He was supported by his federation and also some fellow-composers. However, his claim was not accepted (pdf). It’s hard to know who was right.

Be that as it may Kovalenko set himself high standards as a composer. He also collaborated with other chess artists. The following joint effort makes a stunning impression.

Yury Bazlov and Vitaly Kovalenko,

First Prize, Uralski Problemist, 1993-6

endgame 6

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 22:47


+1 #11 chessbibliophile 2014-03-08 22:40
Dear reader,
You are almost there.
Numbering the moves helps.
1.Nh7 Ke8
2.Nf6+ gxf6
3.Rc2 Kf8
4.Rc8+ Kg7
5.Rg8+ Kh8
6.Ng4 Qf7+
Here 7. Kd4 is a typo.
What you mean is 7.Kd6.
Then Black has one last fling with 7…Qxa2.
It’s easy now for everyone.
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+2 #10 nawwar 2014-03-08 20:26
i found the solution
it's Nh7 . ke8
Nf6+ . gxf6
Rc2 . Kf8
Rc8+ . Kg7
Rg8+ . Kh8
Ng4 . Qf7+
and here whit can't take the Queen cuz it drives to a stalemate
so it's
kd4 . Kxg8
Nh6+ wins a Queen
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+2 #9 chessbibliophile 2014-03-07 20:34
Dear Alberto,
So you know.
Thanks for keeping it a secret.
It is possible to find the solution without Fritz.
A little imagination, calculation and patience may be necessary.
We shall put up the solution once everyone has tried.
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+1 #8 chessbibliophile 2014-03-07 20:31
Dear friends,
Glad to see your interest in this endgame study.
The preliminary try is not bad.
But it does not get enough.
1.Kd7 gxh6
2.Nh7+ Kg7
4.f6 Qf5+
There is only draw for White.
Can he win?
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+1 #7 Alberto 2014-03-07 16:14
I have resolved, but only with the computer, then not say it. Without software it is really difficult, perhaps impossible find the solution.
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+3 #6 Supertitiz 2014-03-07 10:10
Kd7 gxh6
Nh7+ Kg7 if king goes g8 or f7 its a pin by knight
Re7+ Kg8
Nf6 white wins after knight pin

Kd7 Qxg5
Re8 mate

Kd7 Qxe2
Nf6+ white wins
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+1 #5 Supertitiz 2014-03-07 10:02
Kd7 Qxe2
Ne6+ Qxe6

white wins because there is no escape for black king after Knight e6 and black queen must take the rook and pawn in a square is promoted.
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+1 #4 Chess Player 2014-03-07 03:05
If Kd7, then, gxh6 and draw!
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+1 #3 Miguel Herrada 2014-03-07 01:47
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0 #2 cyberrx 2014-03-07 01:04
Kd7!!! :)
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