Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Endgame Lab - The Rule of Square



White to move and win!

Highlight to see solution: [1.f6! gxf6 2.Kxg2! Kg5 3.a4 bxa3 4.bxa3 Kf5 5.a4 Ke5 6.d6! cxd6 7.c6! dxc6 8.a5+-]



White has the seemingly impossible task in this position of queening a pawn. Show how he can do it!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i really enjoy your blog. this puzzle does not appear very difficult. i have not yet solved the last tactical one. will you please post the answer.

Mark said...

Hi,

The answer is in between the two brackets to the right of the puzzle. You'll need a mouse to highlight between the brackets to see it.

Here is the answer:

1.f6! gxf6 2.Kxg2! Kg5 3.a4 bxa3 4.bxa3 Kf5 5.a4 Ke5 6.d6! cxd6 7.c6! dxc6 8.a5+-

It seems simple but there are several tricks to it. For example,
1.a4? is a mistake, as black plays 1...Kg3! and mates white!

Goood Luck!

Mark said...

Hi Anonymous,

I think I misenterpreted your message and you meant the solution to the tactical puzzle presented on Jan 31st, 2007.

The first move to the solution is 1. c4!

I will post the entire solution tonight.

Regards,
Mark

Anonymous said...

yes of course!! I missed the mating attack at first glance. Im glad i wasnt playing this in a blitz game. Anyway, keep up the great work and keep posting these great problems. -Luke