Test your chess: daily chess puzzle # 211

A nice exercise in endgame calculation.


Black to play and win

C Klaver v JC Meintjies 2004

A nice calculation exercise. At the time of writing New in Chess are tweeting each daily positions from Joel Benjamin’s book Liquidation: their problems are tough (i.e. I get most wrong). This one is easier (i.e. I got it correct).

1…h5 and depending on how white plays, one way or another, black’s king gets to f4, and eats pawns…and the race to queen is one sided. White doesn’t gain by inserting a3/a6. Simple counting in both cases shows black promoting a few moves before white.

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