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How to draw the endgame down a queen

Recently I played in the Chicago Open. I did not play many good games, so instead I will show one where I managed to escape with a draw after ruining my position. 

 

The following position is a theoretical draw:

As you can see, the defense hinges on stalemate in the final position. So if White had some extra pawns on d2 and h4 for example, then Black would be winning because the stalemate wouldn't work. But there is a way to add a pair of pawns that makes the fortress more robust:

 

 

 

In this position stalemate is not necessary to achieve a draw. This is because the a5 pawn guards b6. In the first example, b6 was the square the queen needed to go to in order to force the king to either abandon or block the c-pawn. And the a6-pawn shields the White king from checks if it is on the a-file and the queen happens to take on a5. So it does not matter if any extra White pawns are added to the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was the idea I used to get a draw in my game. Turns out it was unsound because he could have stopped my king from getting to b7 on time, but maybe it was the best practical chance anyway.



Comments


  • 2 years ago

    fritzkiller

    Not so interesting article , u had a lucky escape !

  • 2 years ago

    fritzkiller

    well not so interesting you had a lucky escape dretch , no offence intended  you are really one of the best players on chess.com...well , if i were in that place i could have stopped the your pawn by simply playing my queen on the c file and developed the king and take ur pawn and the end game is quite easy to checkmate with a queen and king pair , in less than 9 moves !

  • 2 years ago

    brasslan

    Never mind.... I got confused as to which way the pawns were moving...  ;-)  ok, noob signing out.

  • 2 years ago

    brasslan

    Thanks Sun!   Not sure why I didn't see it.

    Can I ask another?

    The alternate 59 (in blue) Is that supposed to be a winning senario for black?  I think it is still a draw ending with king takes queen, and kings taking pawns

    65. Kxc7 ... a7
    66. Kb7  ... a8=Q
    67. Kxa8 ... Kxe3

  • 2 years ago

    brasslan

    Take a question from a noob?  Why not promote your own pawn on move 56?

  • 2 years ago

    didiz1016

    lol lawdoginator

  • 2 years ago

    ChessisGood

    Loved the part at the end with 83. Qe2+!

  • 2 years ago

    F22Raptor

    Very instructive and useful for players of all levels.

  • 2 years ago

    Serenity_

    Very instructive thank you.

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Check, check, check, check, check, check, check.  

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