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White to move. What is the best continuation for White?

8/8/R4p2/5k2/2n4P/2p2K2/P7/8 w - - 0 51

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Surpriselover
Surpriselover

After I struggled with last night and gave my answer I put it on Analyze This and it gave a different answer. Next time I will not spoil the try it again option...I do not want to spoil it for anyone else...thank you Yancey!

Surpriselover
Surpriselover

Ok

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Surpriselover, and if black replies to 1.Kd5 with 1. ....Kh2? In any case, the line 1.Kd5 Rxh3 is already a theoretical draw. Try again.

Surpriselover
Surpriselover

Kd5!...with the potential to use the black pawn for shielding on the way to the h6 pawns aid (a6-h6 vertical file) and giving the black rook less options. What to do with black? ...Rxh3, Ke4! ...keeping a watch on that rook. ...Kh2 Preparing to check white over and over and avoiding mate threats. Kf5 d5, Kg6 Rg3+, Kh7 d4, Rg8 Ra3, Kg6 Ra6+, Kg5 Ra5+, Kg4...the black pawn shields white for a tempo!

Surpriselover
Surpriselover

Love those hard endgame puzzles...working on it now!

Surpriselover
Surpriselover

That second one Yancey is great..

Alena
Alena

Here is the solution for the first puzzle.It's really very very easy. I solved as soon as I saw it.

V-1

  1. Rh6 B any move
  2. Rxh7#

V-2

  1. Rh6 gxh6
  2. g7#
Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

7R/8/2Kp3P/8/7r/7P/8/7k w - - 0 1 White to move and win.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Only two puzzles for Alena tonight- one fairly easy, but one that is amazingly difficult: 5Kbk/6pp/6P1/8/1p6/1p5R/1P6/8 w - - 0 1 Find the shortest mate

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Considering that the win seems pretty straightforward after 1.Ra4, I think the intent of this problem is to encourage one to understand why white can't defend against the c-pawn by moving the king on move 1.

Alena
Alena

It's an interesting ending.

  1. Ra4 (to delay the black c-pawn) Ne5+
  2. Ke2 (to get to the pawn square) Kg6
  3. Kd1 Kh5
  4. Rf4 Nd3
  5. Rd4 Ne5
  6. a4 Nc6
  7. Rf4 Kg6
  8. Kc2 f5
  9. Kxc3 Na5
  10. Kb4 Nc6+
  11. Kb5 Na7+
  12. Kc5
    After destroying the black c-pawn white should move the a-pawn.
GM_Beinar
GM_Beinar

I don't see why Ra3 is bad either?



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