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A. E. Santasiere

Superficially, the win appears obvious. The black king is constricted and far enough away from his pawn to give the impression that lie will play no further part in the proceedings.

But a close examination of the position discloses the difficulties. In order for White to make progress, he must necessarily attack the lone black Pawn twice. In doing this, he will free the black King, who will at once attack che advanced white Pawn, and follow up with a dash to the vulnerable side of the board. The question then arises, will the black monarch arrive in time?

The play:

White threatened B-Kt2 followed by K-Kt.5 in conjunction with B-K4. In this manner he would be enabled to place a double attack on the black Pawn without freeing the black King at once. In a position of this type, the difference of a tempo, may mean the difference between drawing and winning the game. Black naturally anticipates White's plan.

On the decision as to the destination of the White monarch depended the final outcome of the game. Why not K-Kt5, or Kt6? Let us probe into some of the possibilities after 3 K-Kt5.

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Diagram II Santasiere vs. Kashdan

Position if 3 K-Kt5 had been played.

Black has nothing better than to tempo with his king. 3 . . . K-B1; 4 B-K6ch, K-Kt2; 5 BxP, B-Kt7; 6 B-Q3, B-R61 (had White chosen the other diagonal for his Bishop, 6 B-K6, then Black would reply with 6 . . . B-K5. Black of course, must make every effort to prevent che advance of the BP); 7 B-K2, KxP; 8 B-Kt4, B-B8; 9 P-B5, K-B4; 10 P-B6, B-B5; 11 K-Kt6, K-Q3; 12 K-Kt7, K-K41; 13 B-R5, K-B5I!; 14 B-B7, B-K7; 15 B-Kt3r B-R4; 16 B-B2 (threatening B-Kt(j which would win), K-Kt4!!! and draws. Black's last move explains the purpose of his King tour. He must arrive on a square which would prevent White from opposing Bishops, which would in turn drive the Black Bishop off the important diagonal K1 to R4.

But why 3 K-K5? What is the advantage of that move over K-Kt5?

4 B-K6ch

5 BxP

Black's last discloses the purpose of W.hite's King move, as will be seen from, the concluding play. However, Black was lost in any event e. g. 6 . . . KxP; 7 P-B5, B-Q6 (or a); 8 P-B6, B-Kt3; 9 K-Q6!, B-R4 (as good as any); 10 K-K7, K-B4; 11 B-B7, B-K7; 12 B-Kt6, B-B5; 13 B-B5, K-Q5; 14 B-K6 and wins. Had the Black King reached K4, Black would have drawn.

(A) 7 . . . K-B2; 8 P-B6, K-Q1; 9 B-B7! B-Q6; 10 K-B4, K-Q2; 11 K-Kt5, K-Q3; 12 K-R6, K-K4; 13 K-Kt7, B-Kt4; 14 B-Kt3, B-K1; 15

B-B2 and Black is one tempo shy against the threat of 16 B-Kt6.

7 K-Q4! Resigns

For now White protects his KtP with K-B5.

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