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How would you handle this endgame?

  • #1

    I was black and not sure how to continue. I knew I had to get the kingside pawns somehow, so I just played Rc8. If white's rook moved closer I could catch white with a check and move the king to the d file. Obviously, this was "hope" thinking, but I didn't know what else to do. How would you have handled this as black?

     

     

  • #2

    Stay away from hope chess, players look for the best move they can find not the move you want them to make use your extra piece and attack the king side pawns, try to create a weakness and attack it

  • #3
    krudsparov wrote:

    Stay away from hope chess, players look for the best move they can find not the move you want them to make use your extra piece and attack the king side pawns, try to create a weakness and attack it

     

    Yes, I understand that. What would you have done in this position instead?

  • #4

    Eg Rh8 attacking the pawn ..h4 Rd8 threatening Rd3+ forking the K and g pawn and depending how white responds maybe Rd7 protecting the b pawn and freeing the K, also bullying the white rook, he/she wont want to exchange rooks, try to target 2 or more pawns, in time you'll get 1 or 2

  • #5

    I think white is winning. I'd probably play Rh8, which obviously wins a pawn and maybe two, but in the meantime, white ignores the threat to the h pawn and pushes the g pawn.

  • #6

    I would say black should be able to draw with precise play

  • #7

    I think this is about even but black needs to improve the K and B which are not doing much. Probably a draw with v strong players but black could easily win ( or lose ) against less strong players ( with a decent plan rather than hope chess ) and is worth carrying on, if only to learn.

  • #8

    I would go pawn grabbing with Rh8 and try to get the bishop to help stop the pawns along the b1-g8 diagonal (assuming white sacrifices the h-pawn to keep his connected passed pawns). Something like the line below. I think black should be happy if he manages to draw here.

     

  • #9

    The final position in Martin0's analysis is losing for black. Instead of playing around with the rook, which is already well placed, more logical is to transfer the king to stop the white pawns.

     

  • #10

    oh, right. I was hoping the pawns could get far enough before needing to sac the rook for the pawn, so black could achieve at least a draw. Didn't see that the rook was needed to get sacrificed that soon.

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