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Chess problem White Wins this endgame

  • #1


    White to move, this IS NOT A DRAW!!! White wins!

  • #2

    Actually, someone other than the publisher found the FLAW in the solution. Originally, this position was thought to be a draw, but THERE IS A WIN. White to move and win this endgame.

  • #3

    this position is known as the Saavedra Position, and heres a hint: there is an underpromotion

  • #4

    At the risk of looking stupid, I've seen the position before but now I can't see how Black can avoid a straightforward lost KQKR. What's wrong with e.g. the following?


     Or is it supposed to be a quick mate?

  • #5

    weird

  • #6
    MARattigan wrote:

    At the risk of looking stupid, I've seen the position before but now I can't see how Black can avoid a straightforward lost KQKR. What's wrong with e.g. the following?

     


     Or is it supposed to be a quick mate?

    OK I see it.

  • #7
    MARattigan wrote:

    At the risk of looking stupid, I've seen the position before but now I can't see how Black can avoid a straightforward lost KQKR. What's wrong with e.g. the following?

     


     Or is it supposed to be a quick mate?

    Rc1 is a mistake. The rook should keep checking the king.

  • #8
    EndgameStudy wrote:
    MARattigan wrote:

    At the risk of looking stupid, I've seen the position before but now I can't see how Black can avoid a straightforward lost KQKR. What's wrong with e.g. the following?

     


     Or is it supposed to be a quick mate?

    Rc1 is a mistake. The rook should keep checking the king.

    Where's Rc1?

    But I've seen the answer already - I just needed to look a bit further.

  • #9

    There is an element of trap in this puzzle that can change a smiley face into a sad face.

  • #10
    The trick is that black can play Rd4, and if white plays c8Q then Rc3+ Qxc3 is stalemate. Instead White should promote to a rook to win
  • #11

    Correct

  • #12

    Classic study

    Cannot remember where I first saw this position. But it stayed in my mind.

    The Rd4 trick could get most anybody who is in time pressure, if they havent seen this already.

  • #13

    Wow, interesting one.  I don't think I ever would have figured that out.

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