Chess Endgame Study #8 and Solution to Last Week’s Study


Here is this week’s endgame study. White to move.
Endgame Study #8

Solution to last week’s study:
Endgame Study #7

It’s white to move and win:

1.Kh2!

[ 1.Kg2?? Kg8

A) 2.Kf3 Kf7

A1) 3.Ke3 Ke7 4.Kf4( 4.Kd4 Kd8 5.Kc5 Kc7 and White is unable to penetrate. ) 4…Kf8 5.Kg5 Kg7 ;

A2) 3.Kg4 Kg6 ;

B) 2.Kh3 Kh7 3.Kg4 Kg6 and White will not be able to penetrate Black’s position. ]

1…Kf7

[ 1…Kg8 2.Kg2 (White gains the distant opposition) Kf7 3.Kh3 Kg7 4.Kg3 (White continues to maintain distant opposition) Kf7 5.Kh4 Kg8 6.Kg4 (Get the idea? Distant Opposition!) Kg7 7.Kg5 (White now has the direct opposition — one square between the kings. Whichever side has the move MUST give way to one side or the other) Kf7 8.Kh6
Kf8 9.Kg6 Ke7 10.Kg7 Ke8 11.Kf6 Kd7 12.Kf7 (Black must now give up protection of his pawn on e6.) Kd8 13.Kxe6 (White has won Black’s pawn and will be able to queen his own
pawn.) ]

2.Kh3 Kg6 3.Kg4 Kg7

[What if black tries to keep White out of the king-side? 3…Kh6 4.Kf4 Kg6 5.Ke3 Kg5 6.Kd4 Kf4 Now it’s a race to see who can queen their pawn first, thus 7.Kc5 Kxe4 8.Kb6 Kxe5 9.Kxa6 Kd4 10.Kxb5 e5 11.a6 e4 12.a7 e3 13.a8Q e2 14.Qh1 Ke3 15.Qe1 White has queened his pawn and stopped Black’s pawn. ]

4.Kg5 Kf7 5.Kh6 Kf8 6.Kg6 Ke7 7.Kg7 Ke8 8.Kf6 Kd7 9.Kf7 Kd8 10.Kxe6  1-0

White has won Black’s pawn and will be able to queen his own pawn.

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