Daily Chess Improvement: Endgame Chess Improvement!

This is an actual chess game between GM Bruzon and GM Robson

White to move! Which side is better? How should you evaluate this position? How should white proceed?

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CraigB
CraigB

Ah yes, it does.

KarthikM
KarthikM
  1. Bc4 wins

If it were black to move, 1. ... Ne6 2. Bd7 draws, doesn't it?

CraigB
CraigB

This is a fine example of two things - 1. Bishops are better than knights on open boards, and 2. Who's on move in double-edged positions.

If it were Black to move, 1...Ne6 would win easily, planning 2...Nc7 and the a-pawn will never promote.

But it's White to move, and 1. Bc4! prevents the above idea while still enabling the B to guard e2 and f1. White wins easily.

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