Daily Chess Improvement: Simple Calculated Endgame!

SusanPolgar

White to move! How should white proceed? Please post out more than just a one move answer.

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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Yes, that is the essential element of this position- the white king is one move from getting into the square of the black pawn after black plays h4, but the black king is two moves from getting into the white pawn's square after white plays a4. So, 1.a4 wins- white then just moves the king through d5-e4-f3-g2 any time black moves the pawn, and white moves the a-pawn forward any time black moves the king.

Umashankar
Umashankar

1.a4 h5 2.Kd5 h4 3.Ke4 Kg6 4.a5 Kg5 5.Kf3 +- If 1...Kf7 2.a5 Ke7 3.Kc7 +-

AravindBaskar
AravindBaskar
  1. a4! wins. Black king cannot reach a8-e8-e4-a4 square region on time while White king is within reach of the black pawn through d5.

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