We’re back to talking about the virtues of understanding endgames. Here’s one from Veselin Topalov-Leinier Dominguez at the London Chess Grand Prix Round 6 (Report on Chess Blog). Can you win the pawn roll for White? Black has just played 40….Bh5 Hint: Remember the White King has to be activated so you need to find the right route for him as well.

Topalov Veselin – Dominguez Perez Leinier

Result: 1-0
Site: FIDE Grand Prix
Date: 2012.09.27
[…] 1.¤f3 d5 2.d4 ¤f6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 a6 5.¤c3 b5 6.c5 g6 7.¤e5 ¥g7 8.f4 £c7 9.¥e2 h5 10.O-O a5 11.a3 ¥f5 12.h3 ¤bd7 13.¥f3 ¤e4 14.¥xe4 dxe4 15.¥d2 ¤f6 16.£e2 ¥e6 17.b4 axb4 18.axb4 O-O 19.¦fc1 ¦fb8 20.¥e1 £c8 21.¢h2 ¦a6 22.¥h4 ¦ba8 23.¦xa6 £xa6 24.£e1 £b7 25.¦a1 ¦xa1 26.£xa1 ¤d5 27.¤xd5 ¥xd5 28.£a5 £c8 29.¥xe7 £e8 30.£c7 f6 31.£d7 ¥f7 32.¥xf6 ¥xf6 33.£xc6 ¥xe5 34.£xe8+ ¥xe8 35.fxe5 h4 36.d5 ¢f7 37.¢g1 ¢e7 38.¢f2 g5 39.¢e1 ¥f7 40.e6 ¥h5 41.¢d2 ¢d8 42.d6 g4 43.hxg4 ¥xg4 44.e7+ ¢e8 45.c6 ¥e6 46.¢c3 ¥d5 47.c7 ¥b7 48.¢d4 ¢d7 49.¢c5