Can Black win this position?

  • #21

    What does this exactly mean????Frown

  • #22

    @GSHAPIROY: Highly recommend studying simpler endgames first like K+P. NimzoRoy's blog is a good start. This one... it's a real doozy.

    I wouldn't say I solved the first one, just stumbled around and missed all the key ideas by a hair. To think the g3 pawn loses for white! OK, now for the next challenge...

    This, I guess? Only bit I'm not sure about is the pure R v B endgame, but white should be able to draw. Practical chances are very high that both sides would make mistakes in a real game, though.

  • #23

    @Remellion Congratulations - you solved it!

  • #24

    The full winning line from the original position is:



  • #25

    I don't know why, but looking at the position now, it reminds me of some famous endgame (by Fischer maybe ?). White's previous move was 1.Kg2-f3 ? which is a mistake because it allows the Black king to go to g4 (which is not the case after 1.Kg2-h3 !).

    May I ask the source ?

  • #26

    @Irontiger Spot on with the Fischer reference.

    The position is a might-have-been from game 11 of the Fischer-Reshevsky match (game 28 of My 60 Memorable Games). The faulty analysis is from that book.

  • #27

    And that is a pretty winning line. The king marches all the way around the pawns along the edge of the board! Just to force the white king to the d-file.

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