White to Play

Pete Tamburro on

Published in Chess Puzzles

We go a nice response on the previous king and pawn ending that looked like a draw but wasn’t. Here’s another one. It looks like both kings need to hang around the kingside without one getting any advantage. It is, however, a win for White, which requires concrete calculation!

Won by Berger. Thanks to Grandmaster Lev Alburt for showing this to me and others many years ago. 1.c4 bxc3 2.Ke2 c2 3.Kd2 Kg5 4.a4 Kxg4 5.b4 h5 6.bxa5!! 6.b5?? c1Q+ 7.Kxc1 h4 8.b6 h3 9.b7 h2 10.b8Q h1Q+= 6...h4 7.a6 h3 8.a7 h2 9.a8=Q and wins.


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