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Famous endgame study

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    Famous endgame study

    Main article: Réti endgame study
    Richard Réti, 1921
    Image:chess zhor 26.png
    Image:chess zver 26.png a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 kl Image:chess zver 26.png
    a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
    a6 kd b6 c6 pl d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
    a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 pd
    a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
    a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
    a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
    a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1
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    White to play and draw

    Réti composed one of the most famous chess studies, shown in this diagram. It was published in Ostrauer Morgenzeitung 4 December 1921. It seems impossible for the white king to catch the advanced black pawn, while the white pawn can be easily stopped by the black king. The idea of the solution is to move the king to advance on both pawns at the same time using specific properties of the chess geometry.

    • 1. Kg7! h4
    • 2. Kf6 Kb6 (or 2. ... h3 3. Ke7 and the white king can support its own pawn)
    • 3. Ke5!! (and now the white king comes just in time to the white pawn, or catches the black one)
    • 3. ... h3
    • 4. Kd6 and draws.

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