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Daily Chess Improvement: Important K&P Endgame!

Endgame is a very important phase of the game. This is a must know King and Pawn endgame structure.

White to move. How should white proceed?

Yes Yancey you are right. I didn't see a stalemate. Here is the solution.

  1. Nf7+ Kh4
  2. h8=B! Qb8+
  3. Be5 Qc7
  4. Nd6 Kg5
  5. Ne4+ Kh4
  6. Bg3+ Qxg3+
  7. Nxg3 Kg5
  8. Kg2 Kf4
  9. Nxh5+ Ke4
  10. Ng3+ Ke5
  11. Kf3 Kd4
  12. Nf5+ Ke5
  13. Nxe3 Ke6
    It's a winning position for white.

Well done. You don't see a lot of underpromotions to bishop in chess problems.

Puzzle for Alena- White to move. Is this a win, loss, or draw for White?
6rk/p5pn/6Q1/3p4/5NP1/7P/P4PK1/3q4 w – – 0 1

Also, a second puzzle today for Alena- white to play and draw 5r2/1k3P2/8/7K/B7/5n2/8/8 w - - 0 1

Yancey, Here is the solution for the second puzzle.

  1. Kg6 Ne5+
  2. Kf6 Nxf7
  3. Ke7 Ra8
  4. Bb3 Ra6
  5. Bxf7 Rh6
  6. Bd5+ Kb6

The first puzzle is more difficult.
Here is the solution.

  1. Qe4 Nf8
  2. Qf5 g5
  3. Qf6+ Kh7
  4. Nh5 Qd3
  5. Qf7+ Kh8
  6. Qf6+ Kh7
  7. Qf7+ Kh8
  8. Qf6+ Kh7
    It's a draw.

In the second puzzle, what if black defends by maneuvering the knight to block the skewer from d5 at c6 by playing 4. ....Ne5 5.Bd5 Nc6?

Yancey, Here is the solution for your variant.

V-1

  1. Kg6 Ne5+
  2. Kf6 Nxf7
  3. Ke7 Ra8
  4. Bb3 Nc6
  5. Bd5+ Nc6
  6. Kd6 Kb6
  7. Bxc6

V-2

  1. Kg6 Ne5+
  2. Kf6 Nxf7
  3. Ke7 Ra8
  4. Bb3 Nc6
  5. Bd5+ Nc6
  6. Kd6 Rd8+
  7. Kc5 Kc7
  8. Bxc6

V-3

  1. Kg6 Ne5+
  2. Kf6 Nxf7
  3. Ke7 Ra8
  4. Bb3 Nc6
  5. Bd5+ Nc6
  6. Kd6 Rd8+
  7. Kc5 Rc8
  8. Kb5 Kc7
  9. Bxc6

Well done.

Of course, but for the typo with move 4 in all the lines.

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