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# A First Prize Winning Ending Study From 2017

How quickly can you work out white's winning plan here? This is a good one.

Comments (12)

No. 1-12

1.Ke4 Kc1!

2.Kf3 Rh1

3.Kxg2 f3+

4.Kxf3 Rxh3+

5.Kg4 Kd1

6.Re6 Rh2

7.Rf6 Rg2+

8.Kf5 Rf2+

9.Ke5 Rg2

10.Rf5 Ke2

11.Kf6 Ke3

12.Kxf7 Rb2

13.g6 Ke4

14.Rh5 Rb7+

15.Kg8 Rb2

16.g7 Rb8+

17.Kh7 Rb7

18.Kh8 Rb8+

19.g8=Q

It's a win for white.The sixth move is hard to find.

Editor

Ok, Alena, this is much better. Now focus on V-2 in this critical line- 1.Ke4 Kc1! 2.Kf3 Rh1 3.Kg2! f3 4.Kf3. You now need to consider one more option for black here at move 4 that isn't a transposition of any other line you discussed.

V-2

1.Ke4! Kc1

2.Kf3 Rh1

3.Kxg2 f3+

4.Kxf3 Kd1

5.Rf2 Rxh3+

6.Ke4 Rh7

7.Ke5 Ke1

8.Rf5 Ke2

9.Kf6 Kd3

10.Rb5 Ke4

11.Rb7 Rh1

12.Rxf7 Rf1+

13.Kg7 Rg1

14.g6 Ke5

15.Rb7 Ke6

16.Rb6+ Ke7

17.Kg8 Rh1

18.g7 Rh2

19.Rb4 Rh1

20.Rf4 Rg1

21.Kh7 Rh1+

22.Kg6 Rg1+

23.Kh6 Ke6

24.Kh7 Rh1+

25.Kg8 Ke5

26.Kf8 Kxf4

27.g8=Q

It's a win for white.

V-3

1.Ke4 f3

2.Kxf3 Rd1

3.Kxg2 Rd8

4.Kg3 Rd3+

5.Kg4 Rc3

6.Rf2 Rc4+

7.Kh5 Rc7

8.h4 Kc1

9.Kh6 Kb1

10.Kg7 f5+

11.Kg6 Rc6+

12.Kh5 f4

13.Rxf4 Rc5

14.Kg4 Rc1

15.g6 Rh1

16.h5 Kc2

17.Rf3 Rg1+

18.Kf5 Ra1

19.g7 Ra8

20.Kg6 Kc1

21.Rf8 Ra6+

22.Kh7 Ra7

23.Kh8 Ra5

24.g8=Q Rxh5+

25.Kg7 Rg5+

26.Kf6 Rxg8

27.Rxg8

It's a win for white.

V-4

1.Ke4 f5+

2.Kf3 Rf1+

3.Kxg2 Rd1

4.Kf3 Rh1

5.Rg2 Rf1+

6.Ke2 Rh1

7.g6 Kc2

8.g7 Rxh3

9.Rg1 Re3+

10.Kf2 Re8

11.g8=Q Rxg8

12.Rxg8 Kc3

13.Kf3 Kb2

14.Kxf4 Kc3

15.Kxf5

It's a win for white.

It took me one hour to solve these variations.

Yes it is,But if black blunders a move then the game is over.Ke4 is the correct one

Yes, you are right Yancey. I solved the easiest variation of this puzzle.

Editor

Arein, It isn't crazy to look at 1.Rg2, but sacrificing the rook for the two pawns is hopeless to hold even a draw for white- the time it takes the white king to get to the f7 pawn, or just to get the king into a position to exchange it for the white g-pawn takes too long, and the white king can't advance the h-pawn without black putting the rook behind it tying the white king to it just to protect it.

Editor

Alena, you and I have different ideas about what "solved" means. What about black's options at move 1?

Arein22 1.Ke4 f5+ doesn't fail because of taking the pawn en passant.

It took me 11 minutes to solve it.

1.Ke4 Rh1

2.Rxg2 Rxh3

3.Kxf4 Rh1

4.Rf2 Re1

5.Kg4 Re7

6.Kh5 Kc1

7.Kh6 Rc7

8.Rf5 Kc2

9.Kg7 Kd3

10.Rxf7 Rc1

11.g6 Kd4

12.Kf6 Rf1+

13.Ke7 Re1+

14.Kf8 Ra1

15.Rd7+ Kc3

16.g7 Rf1+

17.Rf7 Ra1

18.g8=Q Ra8+

19.Kg7 Rxg8

20.Kxg8

It's a winning position for white.

1.Rxg2 (is worth looking) Rxg2. 2.Kxf4 and now with proper play(white may win or draw)

But it also fails to f5+.

A nice puzzle,1.Kxf4 does not work because of Rf1+ and g1+Q.1.Ke4 is quite good.