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very good, pawns are valuable.
this was pretty easy
4. Kb5 is as good at Ka5! or isn't? somebody..?
Yes, Kb5 is just as good as Ka5, and perhaps a little more intuitive, as it restricts blacks options just a little bit more.
A pretty good one I thought! Thanks!
An interesting one today - there is something particularly satisfying about delivering mate with a pawn!
I was struck that no-one has questioned why not take the pawn on c5. Perhaps everyones skills are improving! Anyway, it leads to a draw, due to the last white pawn being on the edge of the board.
Black could have avoided mate, but that would have spoiled the pretty finish. The best option, as already pointed out by Nakar81 on page 2, Rd3+ is "best" but the position is dead lost anyway, as the pawn promotes. Kb8 is effectively suicide, but on the other hand, it offers black a chance of white slipping up, so might be worth a try in practice. Here are some lines...
very easy I'M JUST 10 YEARS OLD AND I CAN SOLVE IT
Does not Kb5 or Ka5 work on the fourth move?
Yes, I am quite sure they are equally effective.
It is on that fourth move that I would have played differently, perhaps blundered.I would have played Kxc5, to be answered by4. ... Kc7, 5. b8=Q+ Kxb8, 6. Kc6 I would hope that I could then promote my a pawn and win.
I have to do more testing of that line I know that (relative positions of two kings and pawn) would allow me to promote a pawn in the b,c,d,e,f, or g columns, but I am not sure about how it works with promoting on the edge columns. Perhaps some of you end-game gurus could enlighten me on that.
Nakar81 did another good variation but white should play Kb4 instead Kb2in the thirt move!!
Maybe, but Kb4 leaves him vulnerable to a pawn check , c5+.
I did not see that ending coming.
i see, white like to do things the hard way
Great - I solved it - however step 4 could be Ka5 or Kb5
Very good puzzle, wonderful win, thanx for sharing...
Edge column pawn lead to stalemate if opposite king is in the way. Final position black King at a8 pawn at a7 and white king supporting pawn at a6 or b6. Black king cannot move.
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