October 20, 2013 10:38

Weekly Endgame Study (343)

Every week we present you an endgame study selected by IM Yochanan Afek: player, trainer, endgame study composer and writer. A week later the solution is published. Good luck solving!

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M. Pastalaka 2012

PGN string

White to play and win

Last week's solution:

PGN string


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choufleur's picture

probably one of the nicest starting position for a study I have ever seen.

Anonymous's picture

bxc7 Kb7 cxd6 just wins easily, no?

Frits Fritschy's picture

No, it doesn't! Hint: taking is not compulsory.

Frits Fritschy's picture

By the way, this is a strange endgame study indeed: most of the time (as far as I know) the composer starts at more or less the final position and works his way back, but I can hardly imagine this happened here. At the other hand, stumbling on a 'funny' position and then finding out there is just one way for white to win (a standard stipulation for good composers), is not what will happen to you every day!
I think I'm in the right direction for the solution, but if you (of course) don't use The Thing, you'll really need board and pieces and probably a sheet of paper as well.

Anonymous's picture

bxc7? Kb7 cxd6 gxf2 Kg2 f3 Kxf2 e4 is draw. fxg3 wins

Frits Fritschy's picture

1 fxg3 exd4 (threatens d3) 2 exd4 dxc5 (threatens c4) 3 dxc5 fxg3 draws.

Frits Fritschy's picture

I may be missing something, but it seems there is no solution. I first thought 1 Kg2, with a lot of interesting variations, except when black plays 1... exd4, which is a simple draw. Too good to be true?

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