# How Does White Draw This?

This a tricky position. It is derived from a longer ending study which I will post later. How does white draw?

8/8/k1p5/1p2K3/1p6/1P6/1P6/8 w - - 0 1

No. 1-5
Alena

Yancey, could you give me a puzzle with the same idea as in this one, please? I would like to train more.

Alena

If white wants to get a draw then the white king mustn't allow the black king to be on c5.Therefore when the black king is on a7 the white king must be on e6. If the black king is on b6 the white king must be on f5. The white king must guard c5 and don't let the c-pawn breakthrough. If the c-pawn advances the white king must be on e4.

V-3

1.Kf6 Ka7
2.Ke6 Ka6
3.Kf6 Kb6
4.Kf5 Ka6
5.Kf6 Kb6
6.Kf5 c5
7.Ke4 c4
8.Kd4 c3
9.bxc3 bxc3
10.Kxc3 Ka5
11.b4+ Ka4
12.Kc2 Kxb4
13.Kb2 Kc4
14.Kc2 b4
15.Kb2 b3
16.Kb1 Kd3
17.Kb2 Kc4
18.Kb1 Kd3
19.Kb2 Kd2
20.Kxb3
It's a draw.

Yancey_Ward

Editor

Alena, in a trial and error, you really should show your work- it is instructive for other readers to see. In any case, 1.Kf6 is correct for the reasons you outline.

Alena

I'm struggling with the most difficult variation 1...Ka7 now.

Alena

I struggled with it a lot. I managed to solve it by trial and error.

V-1

1.Kf6! Kb6
2.Kf5 Ka6
3.Kf6 Kb6
4.Kf5 c5
5.Ke4 c4
6.Kd4 c3
7.bxc3 bxc3
8.Kxc3 Ka5
9.b4+ Ka4
10.Kc2 Kxb4
11.Kb2
It's a draw.

V-2

1.Kf6 c5
2.Ke5 c4
3.Kd4 c3
4.bxc3 bxc3
5.Kxc3 Kb6
6.b4 Kc7
7.Kd3 Kb6
8.Kd4 Kc6
9.Ke5 Kb6
10.Kd6 Kb7
11.Kc5 Kc7
12.Kxb5 Kb7
It's a draw.

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