8/12/2010 - Endgame Calculation

BoolyaB

i was confused i will admit

xray

good lesson

scamp

not even a puzzle

Dexman

You got to love those outside passed pawns.

jlueke

This is too simple for Thursday

Yazzoo_k

Too EasY

Cavalierlibre

nice and easy!

dufferps

I really appreciate endgame lessons - closer to "exact science" than other phases of the game, but often difficult.

I am wondering if the initial ... e4 move by black was good because it broke up the mutual protection of whites two pawns or because it blocked the white king's shortest line to stop the h-pawn from promoting.  I think it was the latter, but I didn't see that until well after it was all over.

Would it work the same if the c, d, and e pawns had been in b, c, and d?  I think not.  I think then, the white king could have moved up to prevent the promotion at h1.  And the black king would have had a hard job preventing one or the other of the white pawns from promoting.  I'm going to try it that way to see what happens.

EDIT:  Yes, I tried it with the Kings and h-pawn in the same positions, but the c2, d3, and e5 pawns at b2, c3 and d5 respectively, and indeed it results in a win for white, because now the white king has a direct path to preventing promotion at h1, and white pawns at d4 and b4 stymie the black king until the white king can come back and escort his pawn to promotion at d8.

To my mind, that makes this endgame solution a lot more complicated than a simple general rule.  The counting (h-pawn to h8 and King to g7) is still the key, but the count is different depending on what is in the way.  So the real task is to learn how to put something in the way of the opponent's short route.

LTIUAFO

Follow through???

Ocky

Estremely easy...

Chronotis

cool little puzzle. its all about the square.

h777

Black wins easily.

ricker23

Cool!!!!!!!!!!!

vlandr4

And in my case black got a poor position and checkmate ))

Armand269

difficult

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mahi09

nice

devananda

first

D-force

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subham_behera
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I'ts too easy

subham_behera
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