Turkey vs Iran with an instructive endgame

9/21/2011 – This eight round double Scheveningen event with top GMs took place from September 8 to 16. Iran won it by ten points, the final score being 21:11. One of the lesser games contained an interesting ending which international trainer Efstratios Grivas, who is also the Turkish coach, has analysed for our readers – another opportunity for you to hone your endgame skills.

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This event saw many strong players at the start; GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, GM Elshan Moradiabadi , GM Emre Can, GM Kivanc Haznedaroglu, IM Mustafa Yilmaz, IM Pouria Darini, IM Ogulcan Kanmazalp and IM Javad Alavi Sayed. The match was played as a double Scheveningen with eight rounds.

The match ended with victory of the Iranian team, which beat the Turkish squad 21:11. GM Elshan Moradiabadi showed the highest performance in the friendship match. Full reports and pictures can be found on the tournament web site. You will also find the games in PGN there.

One of the games of the match has an instructive pawn ending which was analysed by the international chess trainer and Turkish team coach Efstratios Grivas. Here are his notes.

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Efstratios Grivas

Efstratios Grivas is a grandmaster and highly experienced chess trainer and chess author.

He lives in Athens, and he is also a FIDE Senior Trainer (Secretary of the FIDE Trainers' Commission), an International FIDE Chess Arbiter and an International FIDE Chess Organizer. He has represented his country on a great many occasions, winning the fourth position in the World Junior Championship 1985, an individual gold medal at the 1989 European Team Championship and an individual silver medal at the 1998 Olympiad.

In 2010 he was awarded the worldwide highly important FIDE TRG Awards – the Boleslavsky Medal (best author) for 2009.

Training DVDs by Efstratios Grivas


Chess Expertise Step by Step Vols. 1 and 2. Click for more informantion


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