# Battle of the Kings

Can you find white's only winning move out of the three possible?

k7/7p/4p2P/4P2P/1p2P3/1Pp5/2P5/N6K w - - 0 1

No. 1-15
Russell Harding

Thank you for sharing Alena, I came to a similar conclusion after the second cup of coffee it all hinges on white being able to get to f6 before white can capture the e4 pawn on the kingside or as you point out d3 if black is on c5 I will get back to it after I dig myself out of the snow and move my car.

Alena

If white wants to win then the white king must occupy d3 or g5. Therefore the black king mustn't allow to occupy these key squares. If the white king is on d3 then the black king must be on c5. If the white king is on g5 then the black king must be on e7. White can win with the right maneuvering.
For example

1.Kg1 Kb7
2.Kf2 Kc6
3.Ke3 Kc5
4.Kd3 Kb5
5.Kd4 Kb6
6.Kc4 Kb7

Black fails to occupy c5 on time that's why black loses. If white moves Kg2 or Kh2 black manages to ocuppy key squares on time to get a draw.

Russell Harding

After 3.Kf3 black most likely will not move 3..Kc5 but 3..Kc7 so back to the drawing board, tomorrow is another day.

Russell Harding

I am just looking at the position again this is one variation 1.Kg1-Ka7 2.Kf2-Kb6 3.Kf3-Kc5 4.Ke3-Kb5 5.Kf4- Kc5 6.Kg5-Kd4 7.Kf6-Kxe4 8.Kxe6 looks good

Russell Harding

I must admit I am really tempted to look at Alenas solution( lol) but then I would not get any satisfaction or gain any knowledge so plod on I must till later Russ

Russell Harding

Blacks King moves to C6 if white is on e3 if e4 black go's to b5 and white must retreat to either e3 or d3 if d3 black plays to c5 and they can dance all night when white moves back to e3 blacks moves back to c6 to be able to defend the e6 pawn and cut off the white King via d7,e7 so let me look at the reason for g1 now that I understand the reason white cannot make any progress on the queenside.

Yancey_Ward

Editor

Look harder- there is no way white can force a win after 1.Kg2 or 1.Kh2- 1.Kg1 is the only way to force a win. There is a deeper reason for it which I was trying to get Alena to find by looking at the other variations.

Russell Harding

OK so my variation will not work as 1..Kb8 gains opposition so white has to get it back with something like 1.Kg2..Kb8 2.Kf2..Kc7 3.Kf3..Kc6 4.Ke3 so if black moves to either 4..b6,c5,b5 he loses the e6 pawn black cannot defend both the b4 and e6 pawns

Russell Harding

Let me set up the position and look at it again..Now, where did I put that Fen string? lol :)

Yancey_Ward

Editor

Russell Harding

A I.Kg2.. Ka7 2.Kf3..Kb6 3.Ke3..Ka5 4.Kd3..Kb5 5.Kd4 wins if..Ka5 6.Kc5,d6 or B 1.Kg2..Kb7 2.Kf3..Kc6 3.Ke3..Kc5 4.Kd3..Kb5 5.Ke4..works

Russell Harding

Guess I didn't look deep enough into the alternative moves.

acapo

The white king moves to d3 either by g2 or g1 black can reach c5 in 3 moves but
white can reach e3 and black has to give ground due to the opposition so both blacks b4 and c3 pawns fall and game over.

Alena

V-1

1.Kg1 Ka7
2.Kf1 Ka6
3.Kg2 Kb7
4.Kf2 Kb6
5.Kg3 Kc5
6.Kg4 Kd4
7.Kf4 Kc5
8.Kg5 Kd4
9.Kf6 Kxe4
10.Kxe6
It's a winning position for white.

V-2

1.Kg1 Kb7
2.Kf2 Kc6
3.Ke3 Kb6
4.Kf4 Kc5
5.Kg5 Kd4
6.Kf6 Ke3
7.Kxe6
It's a winning position for white.

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