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

8/5p2/8/4K1P1/5p2/7P/4R1p1/1k4r1 w - - 0 1

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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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.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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

Alena
Alena

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

Alena
Alena

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.

Arein22
Arein22

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

Arein22
Arein22

But it also fails to f5+.

Arein22
Arein22

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



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