Daily Chess Improvement: More K & P Endgame!

SusanPolgar

White to move! How should white proceed? Can you find the best complete continuation for white?

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Surpriselover
Surpriselover

This is important to master. Worked this out over the board and finally understood the right way to take the opposition. Starting with 1.Kd3 Ke6. Black does not have time to attack the g3 pawn. 2.Kc4( 2.Kd4? Kd6 and it is drawn even though white has the extra pawn! ) Kd6. Here I looked at 3.Kb5 but then ...Kd5 draws so lets take the opposition with 3.Kd4 holding white's ground and putting black in zugzwang.
3...Ke6, 4.Kc5 Ke7, 5.Kd5 Kf6, 6.Kd6 Kg7, 7.Ke6 Kg6 8.Ke5 Kf7, 9.Kxf5 Kg7, 10.Ke6 Kf8, 11.Kf6 Kg8, 12.Ke7 Kg7, 13.g4 Kg6, 14.Ke6 Kg7, 15.f5 and the pawns are unstoppable.

5 Replies

jibal
jibal

Very nice.

Surpriselover
Surpriselover

Glad you enjoyed this too!

jmohd
jmohd

GOOD
THE MOST IMPORTANT MOVES ARE 2 & 3

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

Though rules have to be applied carefully, the rules I would use here are the different opposition rules. Of course, most players know of the opposition across one square on a file or rank, and most of those player are aware that the opposition is also effective over odd numbers, 3 and 5 of squares along a file or rank. However, many aren't aware that the rule applies when the two kings aren't on the same file or on the same the same rank. Let's take Surpriselover's first move 1.Kd3 as an example:

After 1.Kd3, the two kings are separated by an odd number of ranks- 3. However they are also separated by an odd number of files- 1. I call this the 3/1 opposition- it is a hybrid of a direct and diagonal opposition. The opposition can also work in a 5/1 and a 5/3 version, too, but I have never seen the latter in a game or puzzle.

Of course, after white's second move, the white has the diagonal opposition across 1 square which is just as effective as a direct opposition across 1 square. After that, white takes advantage of the fact that black has no access to the e5 square at move 4, and it is over.

Surpriselover
Surpriselover

What is interesting too is triangulation to get opposition in certain positions.


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