Black to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

Chess Summer School Day 10. One of the most important aspects of pawn play is the idea of the breakthrough. Most players learn early on how to break through with White pawns lined up at a5,b5 and c5 and Black pawns at a7,b7 and c7 when White breaks through by 1.b6 and ends up queening a pawn. Real games can be a bit trickier. In this position, Black needs to be careful as White has a pawn ready to head down to queen. By counting, you can figure out how many moves you’ve got to queen your own pawn and win.

From Subarev-Grigoriev, Russian Championship, 1925: 1...b5 2.axb5+ Kb6!! It's only a draw after 2...Kxb5? 3.f4 c4 4.bxc4+ Kxc4 5.f5 a4 6.f6 a3 7.Ke6 a2 8.f7 a1Q 9.f8Q Qa6+ 10.Qd6 Qxd6+ 11.Kxd6 Kc3 12.Kd5= 3.Ke6 a4 4.bxa4 c4 5.f4 d3 6.cxd3 c3 Also 6...cxd3 7.f5 d2 8.f6 d1Q 9.f7 Qd8 10.Kf5 Kc5 11.Kg6 Kd6 12.Kf5 Ke7 13.Kg6 Qf8 14.a5 Qxf7+ 15.Kg5 Ke6 16.b6 Qf5+ 7.f5 c2 8.f6 c1Q and wins


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