## Sunday, September 15, 2013

### Game saving tactic

White to move and draw.

Source: ChessToday.net

Yancey Ward said...

White really has only two plausible moves here- the rook check from h6 and the capture of the knight at h3. However, I don't think white can delay taking the knight. If white checks from h6 first, the black king can come to either g5 or e5, and after the capture at h3, black can check from b3 and exchange the rooks at h3 and get a clear winning K+P vs K ending:

1. Rh6?? Ke5 (Kg5 wins too)
2. Rh3 Rb3
3. Kg2 Rh3
4. Kh3 Kf4
5. Kg2 Ke3
6. Kf1

If Kg1, then Ke2 and the pawn is unstoppable anyway. Continuing:

6. .....f4
7. Ke1 f3
8. Kf1 f2
9. Kg2 Ke2 and black wins.

Now, the K+P vs K ending that results from the analogous line where white captures immediately at h3 is also winning for black:

1. Rh3 Rb3
2. Kg2?? Rh3!
3. Kh3 Ke5! (Kg5 only draws now)
4. Kg3 Ke4!
5. Kf2 Kf4!
6. Kg2 Ke3
7. Kf1 f4 and we saw the rest of this above.

However, if, at move 2 in the line above, white plays Kf4 instead, then black cannot capture at h3 without stalemating white:

1. Rh3 Rb3
2. Kf4! Rh3 stalemate

So, the question is this- can black win the resulting R ending with a pawn advantage? Even though I know from the puzzle's premise that the ending must be drawn, I would be 99% certain anyway- white's king is dead in front of the pawn and his rook is otherwise unconstrained- would almost surely be drawn.

Anonymous said...

1... Rxh3
2. Rb3 Kf4!

Anonymous said...

Rxh3 and if Rb3+ then Kf4

Anonymous said...

1....Rxh3
2.Rb6 Kf4

and if black takes the rook, stalemate.

Ben Aoufa said...

Rxh3 Rb3+
Kf4!! =

Lucymarie said...

Following the maxim to look at all the captures first, this comes readily to mind:

1. Rxh3 Rb3+ 2. Kf4 Rxh3 stalemate

Oleg Mezjuev said...

1. ... Rxh3 2. Rb3+ Kf4! (3. Rxh3 Stalemete) ½-½

Anonymous said...

1. Rxh3! Ra3 2. Kf4!! Rxh3 stalemate

( 2... Rf4+ 3. Kf3 Kg5 4. Kf2 Ra2+ 5. Kf1 Kg4 6. Rb3 f4
7. Rc3 f3 8. Rc8! Kg3 9. Rg8+! = with many more checks to follow or until the pawn gets undefendable by the black king. )

Marcelo