Chess.com's Weekly Study: July 3rd 2016

DailyFun

Hello Chess.com!

Starting with 2016, we will be posting a Weekly Study, courtesy of Yochanan Afek, Grandmaster for composing endgame studies. These challenging positions are designed to stimulate (and improve upon!) your creativity, depth of calculation, pattern recognition and pure imagination.

A. Gillberg, 2000

Enjoy!

caveatcanis

Presumably 5. Kd8 and 5. Kb8 also work?

Arisktotle
caveatcanis schreef:

Presumably 5. Kd8 and 5. Kb8 also work?

No! After the black knight promotion (Nc1) is caged. Tablebase says that only Kc7 brings the white king to the rescue - which is not so hard to verify.

n9531l

This study appeared in the 12/28/2000 issue of the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, so it may not be a Nice study, but it's still nice.

Arisktotle

Actually, the black knight promotion is the main line of the study. All white king moves - Kc7, Kd6, Kc5 and Kb4 - are forced which makes it a perfect solution line for chess.com.