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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Endgame Master Class-GM Andersson

Here is an instructive queenless game that turns into a RN-RB ending from the endgame Maestro-Sweedish GM Ulf Andersson.

'Ulf Andersson was born on June 27, 1951 in Vasteras, Sweden. He is a leading Swedish chess player. FIDE awarded him the International Master title in 1970 and the International Grandmaster title in 1972.

At his peak, Andersson reached number four on the FIDE Elo rating list. Tournaments he has won include
  • Belgrade 1977,
  • Buenos Aires 1978,
  • Hastings 1978-79,
  • Phillips & Drew 1980,
  • Phillips & Drew 1982,
  • Turin 1982,
  • Wijk aan Zee 1983,
  • Reggio Emilia 1985,
  • Rome 1985 and 1986.
 He drew a six-game match against former world champion Mikhail Tal in 1983, and played top board in the second USSR versus The Rest of The World Match in 1984. He led the Swedish Olympiad Team during the 1970s and 1980s.

Andersson is a very solid positional player. He draws a high percentage of his games against fellow grandmasters. He is renowned as a great player of endgames, especially rook endgames, and is famous for winning seemingly "unwinnable" endgames, often in very long games.' Supreme-Chess

Giannino,D (1989)-Andersson,U (2556) [C07]
16th OIBM 2012 Bad Wiessee GER (1.12), 27.10.2012[Yip]

Critical Position 1
Both sides have majorities and will advance them to create a passed pawn which will then(hopefully) go onto promotion. Play will be on both wings as a strategic race is now on. Black has a useful minor piece for this type of play as the bishop can play on both wings simultaneously.

Black also has a temporary advantage in the form of a slight lead in development which takes the form of the active Rc8. How does black execute his plan as quickly and efficiently as possible?

Black to Play

Critcial Position 2
Black has sucessfully infiltrated on the kingside and taken the 2nd rank. Everything is going well for black and the win is in sight. But white has ideas too and has just attack the rook with 38.Ne3. What should black do?

Black to Play

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