Daily Chess Improvement: Important K&P Endgame!

Endgame is a very important phase of the game. This is a must know King and Pawn endgame structure.

White to move. How should white proceed?

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Of course, but for the typo with move 4 in all the lines.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Well done.

Alena
Alena

V-3

  1. Kg6 Ne5+
  2. Kf6 Nxf7
  3. Ke7 Ra8
  4. Bb3 Nc6
  5. Bd5+ Nc6
  6. Kd6 Rd8+
  7. Kc5 Rc8
  8. Kb5 Kc7
  9. Bxc6
Alena
Alena

Yancey, Here is the solution for your variant.

V-1

  1. Kg6 Ne5+
  2. Kf6 Nxf7
  3. Ke7 Ra8
  4. Bb3 Nc6
  5. Bd5+ Nc6
  6. Kd6 Kb6
  7. Bxc6

V-2

  1. Kg6 Ne5+
  2. Kf6 Nxf7
  3. Ke7 Ra8
  4. Bb3 Nc6
  5. Bd5+ Nc6
  6. Kd6 Rd8+
  7. Kc5 Kc7
  8. Bxc6
Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

In the second puzzle, what if black defends by maneuvering the knight to block the skewer from d5 at c6 by playing 4. ....Ne5 5.Bd5 Nc6?

Alena
Alena

Yancey, Here is the solution for the second puzzle.

  1. Kg6 Ne5+
  2. Kf6 Nxf7
  3. Ke7 Ra8
  4. Bb3 Ra6
  5. Bxf7 Rh6
  6. Bd5+ Kb6

The first puzzle is more difficult.
Here is the solution.

  1. Qe4 Nf8
  2. Qf5 g5
  3. Qf6+ Kh7
  4. Nh5 Qd3
  5. Qf7+ Kh8
  6. Qf6+ Kh7
  7. Qf7+ Kh8
  8. Qf6+ Kh7
    It's a draw.
Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Also, a second puzzle today for Alena- white to play and draw 5r2/1k3P2/8/7K/B7/5n2/8/8 w - - 0 1

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Puzzle for Alena- White to move. Is this a win, loss, or draw for White?
6rk/p5pn/6Q1/3p4/5NP1/7P/P4PK1/3q4 w – – 0 1

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Well done. You don't see a lot of underpromotions to bishop in chess problems.

Alena
Alena

Yes Yancey you are right. I didn't see a stalemate. Here is the solution.

  1. Nf7+ Kh4
  2. h8=B! Qb8+
  3. Be5 Qc7
  4. Nd6 Kg5
  5. Ne4+ Kh4
  6. Bg3+ Qxg3+
  7. Nxg3 Kg5
  8. Kg2 Kf4
  9. Nxh5+ Ke4
  10. Ng3+ Ke5
  11. Kf3 Kd4
  12. Nf5+ Ke5
  13. Nxe3 Ke6
    It's a winning position for white.
Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

I will just state it up front- 1.Nf7 Kh4 2.h8=Q is a draw with best play.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

No, Alena, black's best defense is 1.Nf7 Kh4!. This is not an easy puzzle.

Alena
Alena

Yancey, Here is the solution for your puzzle. It's a very easy puzzle. It took me a couple of minutes to solve it. The idea is the transition to a pawn ending.

  1. Nf7+ Kf6
  2. h8=Q+ Qxh8
  3. Nxh8 Kg7
  4. Kg3 Kxh8
  5. Kh4 Kg7
  6. Kxh5 Kf6
  7. Kg4 Ke5
  8. Kf3 Kd4
  9. h4 Ke5
  10. Kxe3 Kf5
  11. Kd4 Kg4
  12. e4 Kxh4
  13. Kd5 Kg5
  14. Kd6 Kf4
  15. e5 Kf5
  16. e6 Kg6
  17. Kd7 Kf6
  18. e7 Ke5
  19. e8=Q+
Arein22
Arein22

24.e8=Q and mate in 6 follows

Arein22
Arein22

23.e7 Kf4

Arein22
Arein22

22.e6 Ke3

Arein22
Arein22

21.e5 Kf2

Arein22
Arein22

20.e4 Kg1

Arein22
Arein22

19.Qxh1+ Kxh1

Arein22
Arein22

18.Qh6+ Kg1

Arein22
Arein22

17.Qxe3+ Kh2

Arein22
Arein22

16.Qe4 h1=Q

Arein22
Arein22

15.... Kg1

Arein22
Arein22

(15. Qxh2 is wrong, but still it wins)

Arein22
Arein22

15.*Qb7+

Arein22
Arein22

Sacrificing the queen

Arein22
Arein22

15.Qxh2

Arein22
Arein22

14.b8=Q h2

Arein22
Arein22

13.b7 h3

Arein22
Arein22

12.b6 h4

Arein22
Arein22

11.Kc5 Kg2

Arein22
Arein22

*10

Arein22
Arein22
  1. Kxb6 Kxh3
Arein22
Arein22

*9.Kxb7 Kh4

Arein22
Arein22

8.Kxb7 Kh4

Arein22
Arein22

8.Kc7 Kg5

Arein22
Arein22

7.Kd6 Kg6

Arein22
Arein22

*6.Ke5 Kf7

Arein22
Arein22

6.Kxe3

Arein22
Arein22

5.Kf4 Kg7

Arein22
Arein22

4.Kg3 Kxh8

Arein22
Arein22

3.Nxh8 Kg7

Arein22
Arein22

2.h8=Q+ Qxh8

Arein22
Arein22

1.Nf7+ Kf6

Arein22
Arein22

Answer:

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Puzzle for Alena- white to move and win q6N/1p5P/1p6/1P4kp/8/4p2P/4P2K/8 w – – 0 1

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

The ability to make a waiting move with the backward f-pawn is winning for white.

Alena
Alena
  1. Ke3 Ke7
  2. Kd3 Kd7
  3. Kd4 Kd6
  4. f3 Ke6
  5. Kc5 Ke7
  6. Kd5 Kf6
  7. Kd6 Kg7
  8. Ke6 Kg6
  9. Ke5 Kf7
  10. Kxf5 Ke7
  11. Kg6 Kd6

It's a winning position for white.



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