Weekly Endgame Study (161)

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Weekly Endgame StudyEvery week we present you an endgame study - this week selected from the Amber tournament. Amazingly, Karjakin could have saved the rook ending in his blindfold game against Grischuk today. Good luck solving!


Karjakin-Grischuk Amber (blindfold) 2010 White to play and draw



I (Peter Doggers) was filming this game in the playing hall when I suddenly saw an interesting idea in this position. After Karjakin lost, I walked to the analysis room, where GMs such as Aronian, Nunn, Caruana and Ljubojevic were watching and kibitzing via TV screens. I asked Ljubo: "Couldn't Karjakin pin the pawn somewhere and perhaps draw this?" "No," he said, "believe me, this is always lost." I decided to check this with engine + tablebase, and indeed, the position turned out to be draw. I put up the position on one of the chess boards and showed it to Ljubo and the others, and managed to surprise them - my fifteen seconds of Amber fame!? ;-) Can you find it too?

Next week the solution.




Solution last week

V. Bunka 1999

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