Recalling a famous pawn ending

by Jonathan Speelman
3/3/2019 – This week, JON SPEELMAN takes a gander at the games of an Indian junior rated 1628. The Agony is a London System that turned into a difficult rook endgame. Send in your own games! Jon can always use more material from readers. If your games are selected for the Agony column, not only will you get free detailed commentary of your games by one of chess’s great authors and instructors, and former world no. 4 player, but you also win a free three-month ChessBase Premium Account!

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Speelman's Agony #94

This week's pair of games are by a young Indian Kalki Eshwar who writes:

EshwarI am currently 14 years old and rated 1628 I learnt this marvellous game when I was about four years old and started playing serious chess about five years ago, I am currently working without a coach, Both of these games were played in the same tournament and illustrate a person's play with and without pressure. I hope you enjoy them!

Indeed I did! Both are hard battles and were very well annotated by Kalki to which I've added, as usual, my comments as 'JS'. We start with the Agony. A tough battle in which he equalised out of the opening but then shed a pawn and lost a difficult rook ending.


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Jonathan Speelman, born in 1956, studied mathematics but became a professional chess player in 1977. He was a member of the English Olympic team from 1980–2006 and three times British Champion. He played twice in Candidates Tournaments, reaching the semi-final in 1989. He twice seconded a World Championship challenger: Nigel Short and then Viswanathan Anand against Garry Kasparov in London 1993 and New York 1995.


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