Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunday Puzzle


White to play and draw



This problem, inspired by Reti, is taken from Ian D. Mullen's chapter on endings in Master Chess: A Course in 21 Lessons (Pergamon Press, 1985).

If it's true that knowing what to look for reduces the need for calcuation then looking at this post first should make the solution much easier to find.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Me the 13th Duke of Wybourne, here on the Streatham and Brixton chess Club Blog, at 11.43 in the evening. With my reputation? Time for a mating combination!

Tom Chivers said...

Nice. I wonder how many people would resign as white instead?

Glenn Wilson said...

Nice! 1. Kc8 (to capture the black pawn, of course, via c8-b8-b7-c6 etc.)

Jonathan B said...

Yes that's exactly it Glenn.

I think the position after the final move - stepping into the square of the pawn just after White's own pawn disappears - is very cute.

Glenn Wilson said...

Yes, a lovely and elegant composition.

an ordinary chessplayer said...

Highly reminiscent of Lasker - Tarrasch, St Petersburg 1914