Daily Chess Improvement: Endgame Chess Improvement!


Black to move. What should be black’s plan?

This was an actual game between Yip and Williams

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Too many variations to post, but here’s the general outline.

First, …b5 to fix White’s pawns. (If White plays a4 to get a passer, take on a4 and play the King back to stop the b pawn as needed, for example, 1. … b5 2. a4 bxa4 3. b5 Ke5 4. b6 Kd6 5. Rc3 Rxh4 6. b7 Rh2+ and 7. … Rb2.)

Now, White really doesn’t want to move. Any Rook move off of the h-file invites …Rxh4, and any move off of the 3rd rank invites …e3+. Any move of White’s King to the 1st rank invites …e3, and any move of it to the e file invites …Rg2+.

Overload White’s defenses against advance of Black’s e pawn, b pawn, and the g & h pawn duo.

No. 1-2

1...b5 2.Rh1 Rg3 3.Ke2 Rxa3 4.Rf1+ Kg4 5.Rf6 g5 6.hxg5 Kxg5 7.Re6 Kf5 8.Rh6 Rh3 9.Rb6 h4 10.Rxb5+ Kf4 11.Rb7 Rh2+ 12.Kf1 h3 13.Rf7+ Ke3 14.Kg1 Rg2+ 15.Kh1 Rb2 16.Kg1 Kd2 17.Rd7+ Ke2 18.b5 e3 19.b6 Rxb6 20.Rd8 Rb4 21.Rh8 Kd3 22.Rxh3 Kd2 23.Rh7 Rg4+ 24.Kh2 Rd4 25.Kg3 e2 26.Rh2 Kd1 27.Rh1+ e1=Q+ 28.Rxe1+ Kxe1