# Rooks ending puzzle

• #1

White to play! Enjoy.

• #2

I suggest you try to solve this, it's very nice :)

• #3

Hmm, I don't see any forcing moves to win, and white has a lot of replies to anything that's not a check. Obviously white's b pawn can't move, and I think the king and b rook look fairly well placed to stop black's promotion.

I'd probably play d7 but no idea what black would reply with.

• #4

1.d7 Rxb2+

• #5

2. Rxb2 cxb2 3. d8=Q+

If Rb8, Qxd2.

If Ka7, Rxb7+

• #6

1.d7 Rxb2+ 2.Rxb2 b3+

• #7

Am I on the right line?

3. Rxb3 Rxb3 4. d8=Q+ Rb8 5. Qxb8+ Kxb8 6. Rd3

• #8

No, black cannot allow white to promote, ever.

I'll play some more straightforward moves.

1.d7 Rxb2+ 2.Rxb2 b3+ 3.Rxb3 d1=Q+ 4.Kxd1 Rxd7+ 5.Rxd7 c2+. What then? ;)

• #9

Tricky. Well, Kxc2 or Kc1 draw by stalemate.

I'd try Ke1 and block the check with the rook. Then I think black's losing as the king is stuck on the a file, queen has no checks and you're threatening Ra1 and winning the queen.

• #10

Exactly :)

• #11

Nice! Thanks for that.

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