A REALLY Deep Combination

Clavius
Clavius
Dec 6, 2012, 1:38 PM |
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What looks like a simple endgame combination is anything but that.  

To understand this position, recall a basic concept in the endgame KB+rook pawn vs K that the game is drawn if the defending King reaches the queening square AND that square can't be attacked by the bishop.  For example, the following position is a draw because Black's king can't be driven out of the corner:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now look at the following position and ask yourself how you would play it.  There is a win but it is much more difficult than it looks.