Super and Not-So Super Rooks - Can You Tell the Difference?

Super and Not-So Super Rooks - Can You Tell the Difference?

CoachJKane
NM CoachJKane
Oct 31, 2015, 10:14 AM |
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Hi Chess Friends,

I played a game online recently that ended with a straightforward stalemate trick. On closer inspection I realized that the draw wasn't there, and white has a narrow path to victory. I think that this is something of a gap in chess literature, how to survive tactical scares and find your way through complications to the win. I'm going to present four positions, all of which feature one side with a significant material advantage. Your job is to determine which positions allow succesful stalemate motifs, and which are winning for the stronger side. If you're intersted, please post your analysis and I'll take a look.

1. Can white save the draw?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Can black save the draw?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Can black save the draw?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Can black save the draw? This one is complicated!