White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

Here’s a basic king and pawn ending you should know.

You don’t just push pawns in this endgame. An active king and what pawn to push and when is key. 1.Kf5 g6+ 1...Kg8 2.Kg6 Kh8 3.Kf7 Kh7 4.h6 gxh6 (4...g6 5.Kf6 Kh8 6.Kxg6) 5.g6+; 1...Kh8 2.Kg6 Kg8 3.h6 gxh6 4.Kxh6 Kh8 5.g6 Kg8 6.g7 2.Kf6 2.hxg6+ Kg7 3.Kf4 Kxg6 4.Kg4 Kg7 5.Kf5 Kf7 only draws 2...gxh5 3.Kf7 h4 4.g6+ Kh6 5.g7 h3 6.g8Q h2 7.Qg6#


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