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• 3 years ago · Quote · #1

• 3 years ago · Quote · #2

4...Kf5! is a really nice example of using the opposition to gain a tempo to queen first

• 3 years ago · Quote · #3

Fantastic, I was thinking 3... e5? Seeing that I could promote first and control the h8 square in time. But that obviously fails since white can just come and stop the pawn with his king, totally forgot that option haha.

• 3 years ago · Quote · #4

Thankyou Powerlevel_9001 for taking the time to submit such a lovely endgame problem.

• 3 years ago · Quote · #5

I don't see what is wrong with Kd7 Kf6 e5. It seems that if white goes for the g6/h5 pawns he is a tempo short, and if he takes on e5, then black gets opposition with ...Ke7.

• 3 years ago · Quote · #6

According to a tablebase the line you suggest ozzie leads to a draw, unlike the winning line of the puzzle.

• 3 years ago · Quote · #7

In other words, I should go look it up. :-)

• 3 years ago · Quote · #8

OK, black has the opposition, but it is not valuable enough to force the win of the h-pawn. And black trading the h4 pawn for the g6 pawn gives an easy draw for white.

What's really interesting is that if you move all the pawns one square to the right, then pushing the pawn is the only way to win.

(with all pieces one to the right) 1.Kd5 Kc7 2.Ke6 d5! is the only way to win, confirmed with tablebase.

• 3 years ago · Quote · #9

Thanks Ozzie and Powerlevel. Variation http://www.chess.com/tactics/server?id=357517

• 14 months ago · Quote · #10

Arf I tried first g5 but missed that after Kd7 Kf6 Ke8 white has g6 followed by Kg5 which draws

• 8 weeks ago · Quote · #11

Please shorten this problem. After 6.h5 Kf6 is easily winning as well. Even more simple since it prevents white from queening altogether. For example: 7.Kh7 Kf7 8.Kh6 e4 9.Kg5 e3 and so on.

EDIT: Oh, I have to take that back. Black can run into the corner and play for stalemate. Then white is always one move too late.