Daily Chess Improvement: Real Game Critical Endgame!

SusanPolgar

Black to move! Is this a win, draw, or loss for Black? PLEASE do not write a one-two move response. That would be a complete waste of your time. Think and calculate carefully!

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DaveCubby
DaveCubby

1...Kf5!!, 2. Kc6 Kf4, 3. Ng1!? Kg3, 4. Kd5 Kg2, 5. Kxe5 Kxg1, 6. Kf4 Kf2! (6...Kg2?? loses), 7. Kg4 Ke3!, 8. Kxh4 Kf4 = draw (Black keeps the White King in the h-file so White cannot win)

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

The key here is to recognize the draw that is available in the following critical line:

1.....Kf5! 2.Nxh4 Kf4 3.Ng2 Kg3 4.h4

Here, black can capture the knight.......

4.....Kxg2 5.Kc5 Kg3 6.h5 e4 7.h6 e3 and both players will get a queen.

The mistake one would make here is to think that there is either a win with 1....e4, or that after 1....e4, the e-pawn safely guarantees the draw, too. This is an illusion, and not one I could see through with ease. It is a problem within a problem.

Here is the FEN after 1....e4?? 8/8/1K3k2/8/4p2p/5N1P/8/8 w - - 0 1

Can you find the win for white? Not easy, let me tell you.

ArcticKnight
ArcticKnight

Draw ...kf5 2 Nxh4 Kf4 3 Ng6 Kg4 4 Ne5 Kh4


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