Daily Chess Improvement: Important K & P endgame!

SusanPolgar

White to move! Is this a win or draw? How should white proceed? Please, write out the answers (as much as you can)!

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No. 1-3
KarthikM
KarthikM

Black's most interesting line seems to be something else!

  1. Ka5 Ka7 2. Kb4 Ka6! 3. Kc4 Ka5 4. Kd4 Kb5 5. c4 Kb4 draws

so W has to dance a bit

  1. Ka5 Ka7 2. Kb4 Ka6! 3. Kc4 Ka5 4. Kd3 Kb5 5. Kd4 Ka5 6. Ke5 Ka4! 7. Kd6 Kb5 8. c4!
Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

Yes, another position that highlights that opposition isn't always enough- here, after 1.Ka5 Ka7 2.c4 Kb7 white can't play 3.Kb5. White also no longer has the option of going through the hole on c4.

KarthikM
KarthikM
  1. Ka5 Ka7 (win a tempo by threatening to penetrate on the queenside) 2. Kb4 Kb7 3. Kc4 Kc7 4. Kd4 Kd7 5. Ke5 Ke7 6. c4 - and we're now back to the very familiar theme explored over the last few endgame studies

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