April 04, 2010 17:00

Weekly Endgame Study (163)

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!

G. Amann

White to play and win

Next week the solution.

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JustBe's picture

Missed that line.. but I think it wins very fast:

4. ... Rc2 5. Bc5 and Rg6 mate
4. ... Rd2 5. Rg6
4. ... Re2 5. Be5 and Rg6 mate
4. ... Rh2 5. Rg6 Rh8+ 6. Bf8 mate
4. ... Nc3/Na3/Nd2 5. Bc5 and Rg6

Alexander's picture

Yeah, I checked it out on Fritz. And apparently the best line for Black is 2... Rfd2, also involving some beautiful play against the Queen. A very complex study with a bunch of interesting sidelines.

Alexander's picture

5. Rh2, brilliant.

Any thoughts on 1. Kb8 Rxd3 2. Bxc7 Rd6 3. Rg3 b1N 4. Bxd6 ?

JustBe's picture

Kick of to get to solution ( I don't know yet):
1. Kb8 - Rxd3 2. Bxc7 Rd8+ 3. Bxd8 b1Q 4. Rg7 looks 1 - 0

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I think it is:

1. Kb8 - Rg2 2. Rxg2 - Rxd3 3. Bxc7 Rd8+ 4. Bxd8 b1Q 5. Rh2

Zugzwang with queen on the board.

JustBe's picture

Lol, missed that one too :-)

So it starts from here I guess:

1. Kb8 - Rxd3 2. Bxc7 Rfd2 3. Rg6+ Rd6 4. Bxd6 b1Q 5.

JustBe's picture

Anyone have ideas ?

JustBe's picture

I think Fritz will continue with 5. Rf6 Qf5 6. Rxf5 - Rxd6..

Then white is still winning.

Well, that's it.. I might check the solution some time.

Alexander's picture

Yeah, that's the solution - white wins by slowly queening the f pawn. Perhaps a rather disappointing ending, but the sidelines are still brilliant.

Emmanuel's picture

Rg6+, Ka7
Bb6+(attacking Rf2), cb6

Emmanuel's picture

crrect, not Kb8, but Rg7 check and Ra7 mate

Emmanuel's picture

hmm I missed Ka8

Niakouei's picture

[FEN "2K5/2p5/k7/Bp4R1/1P3P2/3P4/1p3r2/3r4 w - - 0 0"]

1. Kb8 Rxd3 2. Bxc7 Rfd2 3. Rg6+ Rd6 4. Bxd6 b1=Q 5. Rf6 Qf5 6. Rxf5 Rxd6 7.
Rf8 Kb6 8. f5 Kc6 9. Rc8+ Kd7 10. Rc5 Ke8 11. Rxb5 Kf7 *

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