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White to move. How should white proceed?

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Alena, I use a text program when I write out longer comments, then cut and paste, but when I am writing out simple replies, it is a bit bothersome to do so. Guess I will have to do it all the time here. Even worse, though, we appear to have lost access to Ms. Polgar's puzzle archive- the individual puzzles can still be found if you have the direct link, but the 493 pages of archived material is now inaccessible. A pity.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Alena,

Alena
Alena

It's very inconvenient to comment here. I type my replies in the Notepad and then copy-paste it in the comment line and after that I hit enter.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

I do not like this comment field- can't hit return without posting the comment.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward
  1. Rf6 Ke7 (Kd7 should also be ok here)
Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Alena, I found the same line 5 years ago, but it was other commenters that found the first move in this line, 1. ....Kd6 <a href="http://web.chessdailynews.com/endgame-improvement-11/#comments">Link</a>. I don't think after 5. .....Rh4, there is much to it for black to draw- white must take the pawn with the rook, so....

Alena
Alena

Yancey
I must have solved the last problem.
Here is the fen 1r6/4R3/2k2p2/8/1P2K2P/5P2/8/8 b - -

Solution:

  1. ... Kd6
  2. Ra7 Rxb4
  3. Kf5 Rxh4
  4. f4 Rh6
  5. Rf7 Rh4
    I think it's a draw but I don't understand how to proceed. Can you explain it in detail, please? It requires precise moves.One bad move and you loose.
Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Any of the checks, from f6, d4, and b4 can win this, but the one from b4 is the critical one because it prevents black from checking the white king from the b-file after he comes to c2. This ending isn't rare, but also isn't common, and it almost always arises after a pawn has been queened by the losing player with the king's guard on or right next to the edge (as in this case, perhaps).

SusanPolgar
SusanPolgar

Editor

Yancey, welcome! I am very glad to see you in the new site.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Testing the comment sections with the switchover.

Alena
Alena
  1. Qb4+ Ka2
  2. Kc2 Qd1+
  3. Kxd1 a5
  4. Qb5 h6
  5. Kc2 a4
  6. Qb2#


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