Saavedra Position

ProfessorPownall

Can you solve it ?

It was 1st published in the Glasgow Weekly Citizen, in 1895

ProfessorPownall

One of the most famous of all positions. There are just four pieces on the board, yet in the play there are twists and turns, tricks and counter-tricks.

ProfessorPownall

Position: 

White: King on b6;   Pawn on c6

Black: King on a1;    Rook on d5

White to move

ProfessorPownall

 

ProfessorPownall

However, it's:

White to play and Win !!

Note: Black has Rd1 ...Rc1 if White King goes to the c file, winning the promoted Q  

RubenHogenhout
ProfessorPownall schreef:

 

You should promote to a rook.  Thus 6.c8R and then if 6...Ra4 then 7.Kb3 wins. It is an oldie.  

 

ProfessorPownall

yep... an oldie but very instructive as Black has many ways to draw. The solution is not easy, in fact was not found for 50 years afterwards ! It was regarded as a draw.

Let others try to figure it out for a bit.. Ok Ruben and delete the solution for just a bit ?

Aizu-Kanesada

If 1. …Rd2, then black R continue to check, isn't it draw?

Alltheusernamestaken

ProfessorPownall escribió:

yep... an oldie but very instructive as Black has many ways to draw. The solution is not easy, in fact was not found for 50 years afterwards ! It was regarded as a draw.

Let others try to figure it out for a bit.. Ok Ruben and delete the solution for just a bit ?

i dont think so

KeSetoKaiba
Aizu-Kanesada wrote:

If 1. …Rd2, then black R continue to check, isn't it draw?

Interesting line to know; White still wins. After the check, the White King just comes closer to Black's via the a & b files. Eventually, the winning idea is White's King later shifting to the c-3 square; ...Rc2+ results in us taking the Rook (as Black's a1 King can't support the check from c3) and other Black tries fail too. 

KeSetoKaiba

I just copied the pgn from post #10 and added in the idea mentioned in post #8, White still wins happy.png

Karsius

I think white win:

c7

Rd7

Kb6 (here is the point that white wins)

AruniAgrawal26

can anyone tell me that in position no.#12 what happened if white promotes his pawn to Q

SKabilan

c1=Q Rc5+ Qxc5 then stalemate.

Taffa64

Jennifer Shahade's favorite chess position

pietjespuk

This was solved by Saavedra 130 years ago. white wins 

rishabh11great
ProfessorPownall wrote:

 

bro he plays c8=R !!!!!!!!

sid0049
KeSetoKaiba wrote:

I just copied the pgn from post #10 and added in the idea mentioned in post #8, White still wins

Damn, thats a nice puzzle

rishabh11great
sid0049 wrote:
KeSetoKaiba wrote:

I just copied the pgn from post #10 and added in the idea mentioned in post #8, White still wins

Damn, thats a nice puzzle

its a endgame study, ya its beautiful happy.png

sid0049

its an endgame study