Daily Chess Improvement: Aeroflot Endgame Improvement!

SusanPolgar

White to move! How should white proceed? Please write out complete answer.

This was the game between Kovalev, Vladislav - Aryan, Chopra in the last round of 2020 Aeroflot Open

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jmohd
jmohd

1.Rc5+ FORCING EXCHANGE WHILE MAINTAING CONFRONTATION, g5 SHOULD QUEEN IN 16 MOVES AFTER

KarthikM
KarthikM

To complete the plan, both sides march their kings right until black gets to Kc7, when white plays Ke6! Since black can't play Kc6, white gets to play Kd6, then squeezes BK out of protecting his pawn

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

White wants to reduce this to a won K and P ending- so, first you check from c5 with the rook. Black can either block the check with 1....Rc6, or move the king to b7. However, on either move white can arrange to double attack a pinned rook forcing black to exchange allowing the white king to take the opposition on retaking:

1.Rc5! Kb7
2.Rb5! Rxb5
3.Kxb5+-

Or

1.Rc5! Rc6
2.Kb5! Rxc5
3.Kxc5


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