Exceedingly Tough Rook and Pawn Ending

Can you find the only winning move for white?

This is a tough ending, bordering on inhuman. It is derived from a longer study that Gonzalez created, but this position is likely the one from which he constructed the composition working backwards. There are a few natural looking moves that only draw with best play- you really should start there and understand how black draws afterwards- then try to find the winning move for white.

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Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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V-1 is the main line. Well done.

Alena
Alena

V-1

1.Re1! Kd5
2.Kh7 Kd4
3.Re6 h3
4.Rxd6+ Ke5
5.Rh6 Kf5
6.Rh4 Kg5
7.g8=Q+ Kxh4

The Nalimov tablebase shows that it's a winning position for white.

V-2

1.Re1! Kd5
2.Kh7 h3
3.g8=Q+ Rxg8
4.Kxg8 Kc4
5.Kf7 d5
6.Ke6 d4
7.Ke5 d3
8.Ke4 d2
9.Rd1 h2
10.Ke3 Kc5
11.Kxd2 Kd4
12.Rh1 Ke4
13.Rxh2 Ke5
It's a winning position for white.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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However, 1.Re1 is the right start.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

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Same note I gave to Dave who never replied- 1. ....Kd5 is a tougher defense to overcome.

Alena
Alena

1.Re1! Kc5
2.Re8 h3
3.g8=Q Rxg8
4.Rxg8 h2
5.Rg5+ Kd4
6.Rh5 Ke4
7.Kg5 d5
8.Kg4 d4
9.Kg3 d3
10.Kf2 d2
11.Ke2 d1=Q+
12.Kxd1 Kf3
13.Rxh2
It's a winning position for white.



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