This is a MUST KNOW King and Pawn Endgame!
White to move!
The puzzle requires deep understanding of pawn endings. It also requires the ability of calculating a lot of moves ahead.In my opinion I considered the most interesting variations.
1.Kc2! Kd72.Kb3 Kc73.Kc3 Kd74.Kb4 Kc85.Kc4 Kb86.d5 Kc87.d6 Kd78.Kb5 Kd89.d7 Kc710.d8=Q+ Kxd811.Kc6 Ke712.Kc7 Kf813.Kd7 Kf714.Kd6 Ke815.Kxe6 Kd816.Kf7It's a win for white.
1.Kc2 Kd72.Kb3 Kc73.Kc3 Kd74.Kb4 Kc85.Kc4 Kb86.d5 exd57.Kxd5 Kc88.Ke6 Kd89.Kf7It's a win for white.
1.Kc2 Kd72.Kb3 Kc73.Kc3 Kd74.Kb4 Kc85.Kc4 Kb86.d5 Kc87.d6 Kd78.Kb5 Kd89.d7 Kxd710.Kb6 Ke811.Kc6 Ke712.Kc7 Kf813.Kd7 Kf714.Kd6 Ke815.Kxe6 Kd816.Kf7It's a win for white.
As I often write, though, to truly understand such a position requires one to understand why certain moves fail. With black threatening to bring his king to d5, the white king must stay within a move of protecting d4. So, Alena, if white plays either 1.Kc3 or 1.Kb3, how does black draw in each case?
Yancey, if black wants to get a draw the black king must have the opposition.This puzzle is about the importance to know the opposition.
1.Kc3 Kc72.Kc4 Kc63.Kb4 Kb64.d5 exd55.e6 Kc7It's a draw.
1.Kb3 Kb72.Ka3 Kc63.Kb4 Kb64.Ka4 Kc6It's a draw.
There are some really nice zugzwang motifs inside this chess problem in both the main line and the variations.
White has a strong attack but is there a win?
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You should be able to spot the tactic motif in 5-10 seconds.
This is from an actual chess game which took place at Kolkata International Chess Open
This is from a real chess game of chess master Kucuksari
Precise tactic execution is required
This was one of the chess puzzles I created for 2017 SPFNO
Review of the new book by Russian Correspondence GM Nikolay Kalinichenko
what if you do 1. Qb1?? and your opponent does ..c1=Q!! then white is screwed.
For me, this is Rambo Attack Tactic [ 1) R5e8+!! Kh7 2) Qxd2! R8xd2 3) Rexa8 ~ Black resigned 1-0 ]