February 23, 2010 19:07

Weekly Endgame Study (157)

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!

V. Kovalenko

White to play and draw

Next week the solution.

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E. Pogosjants

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Jens Kristiansen's picture

That one by Pogosjants was a marveleous study. I have seen something similar many times, with the king finally being caved in by his own pieces and mated by a little, lonely pawn, but never as artistic as this one.
For those who are not much for or into endgame studies I at least recommend to play through the solution - it resembles magic!

cip's picture

Nice one!

Warning! Solution below!

1. Rd8 zugzwang no 1!

1.. B anywhere 2. Rh8!

1.. Kf7 2. Rd7 Kg8 3. Rd8 Kg7 4. Rd7 Kh8 5. Rd8 Qg8

6. Kh6 zugzwang no 2! draw


DennisM's picture

Don't give the solution! No one cares that "cip", whoever that is, got the solution, especially when anyone who doesn't solve it but wants to know the answer can put it in their computer.

chesser's picture

If you see this your rating must be 2800+,
Carlsen would have problem with this :).

For me 1.Rd8 ,and in second zugzwang 6.Kh6 are what chess is!!!
These moves are magic (especially 6.Kh6)!
I can look in this move many times and never stop to enjoy!!!
Thanks guys for these puzzles!

xtreemmasheen3k2's picture

Yeah, Rd8 really kills anything Black can do to win. After Rd8 you can easily force a draw.

Jens Kristiansen's picture

@cip: Congratulations! You must either be a very gifted player or allied to a strong chessplaying device/person.
Does that statement satisfy you?
Just that you do not spoil all the fun for many of us another time...

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