January 17, 2010 19:00

Weekly Endgame Study (152)

Weekly Endgame StudyEvery 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!

E. Chumburidze

White to play and draw

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D. Gurgenidze

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Sergio's picture

Is a rook and a pawn enough to draw against a queen? I hardly see any way to stop the pawn.

The pawn alone should be enough to draw against a queen if you get it on the 7th rank, but thinks you are a couple of moves short.

Willem's picture

Play for stalemate!

Tim's picture

Problem is to stop the black pawn on e2. If the pawn an rook are traded then it is a draw due to insufficient material. 1. Rb7 won't do it because of 1... Bc1, 2. Rb1, Kd1 and the pawn queens. On the other hand 1. Rh7 will draw for white because after 2. Rh1, the rook cannot be blocked and the pawn cannot queen.

Willem's picture

It is not that easy.

On Rh7 comes Be3+ and black can play Kf1 and Bg1.

cak's picture

After staring at the position for an hour, I suddently realised that the way to go is 1. Rh7 Be3+ 2.c5!

Tim's picture

@Willem - good point

@cak - I don't see how after 1. Rh7 Be3+ 2.c5! Bxc5+ things are any better for white.

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