## Monday, February 03, 2014

### Rook and Pawn endgame challenge

Black to move and win!

Source: ChessToday.net

#### 22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Easy draw.

From the patzer said...

1.... a2 2. Kd3 e2 3. Kxe2 Rh1 4. Rxa2 Rh2+ 5. Ke3 Rxa2 and black wins endgame K versus K+R

CraigB said...

1.... a2 followed by a hail of checks (White can't take the a-pawn because of ...Rh2+) until the black K gets to the b-file, then the white R moves away and Black plays ...Rh1. A hail of checks might again follow, but eventually white has the lovely choice of giving his R for the a-pawn on a2 or a1.

Anonymous said...

I think a2 is the key move. The white rook can't capture because it will be in alignment with the white king and black will capture it after checking the king.

The white king can not step to the back row because then the a pawn queens and the white rook will be forced to capture and again be lost to a skewer.

Any other move by the white rook or white king allows the black king to walk to the b file and queens the a pawn or forces the capture of the white rook.

Anonymous said...

For clarity, after

1. --- a2
2. Kd3

(any white rook move off the a file loses the white rook or allows the a2 pawn to queen. any white rook move along the a file allows the black king to approach)

then comes

2. --- Ke6

and after

3. Rxa2

(anything else allows the black king to approach or one of the pawns to queen)

there is

3. --- e2+
4. Kxe2 Rh2+
5. King any Rxa2

and the only piece left is the black rook.

Yancey Ward said...

Pretty simple, I think:

1. .....a2!

White can't take the pawn at a2 because of the skewer from h2 by the black rook, and black is threatening Rh1 supporting the pawn's advance. White can check the black king, or he can move the king to d3. Let's study the latter of these ideas first:

2. Kd3 e2!
3. Ke2

Or [3.Kd2 e1Q 4.Ke1 Rh1-+]. Continuing:

3. .....Rh1 and white loses his rook at either a2 or a1- his choice.

Now let's make sure there are no ways to endlessly harass the white king:

1. .....a2
2. Ra6 Ke5
3. Ra5 Kd4
4. Ra4 Kc3
5. Ra8

Clearly, 5.Ra3 loses to Kb2 followed by a1Q, but 5.Ra8 isn't going to be any better:

5. .....Rh1 (preparing a1Q)
6. Rc8 Kd4 and clearly black can walk the rook down this way, too.

Anonymous said...

easy win...1 .. a2!

Anonymous said...

a2 for black is the only good move for the win.

Umesh Tawde said...

No draw. Its an easy win for black

1. a2 black can not take on a2 because of Rh2+ pinning rook.
1.--- Kd3 now black can take on a2
2. e2 Kxe2 (forced)
3. Rh1 black threatening a1Q
3.--- Rxa2 (forced)
4. Rh2+ now white rook is pinned and easy win for black

Ravi Kumar Meduri said...

1...a2 2.Ra6+
(2.Rxa2 Rh2+ 3.Kxe3 Rxa2)
(2.Ra3 Rh1 3.Ra6+ Ke5 4.Ra5+ Kd4 5.Ra4+ Kc3 6.Ra3+ Kb4 7.Rxa2 Rh2+ 8.Kxe3 Rxa2 9.Kd4)
2...Ke5 3.Ra5+ Kd4 4.Ra4+ Kc3 5.Ra8 Rh2+ 6.Kxe3 Rb2 7.Rc8+ Kb3 8.Rb8+ Kc2 9.Ra8 Kb1 10.Kd3 a1=Q 11.Rxa1+ Kxa1

Anand Gautam said...

1. ... a2!

If,
2. Rxa2 Rh2+ wins the rook and the game.

If,
2. Ra6+/Kd3 Black should be able to promote one of the pawns easily

Losso said...

1.-a2 2.Kd3 (2.Rxa2? Rh2+) 2.-e2+ 3.Kxe2 Rh1! 0-1
May Gyula Sax rest in peace.

fajac said...

1. ... a2! What can White do? Clearly, the rook cannot take the pawn, see
2. Rxa2 Rh2+
3. e.g. Kxe3 Rxa2 and wins.
So, the white rook has to stay on the a-file.
The basic threat after 1. ... a2 is 2. ... Rh1, forcing the rook to take on a2. This is, as we have seen, deadly, as long as the white king is placed on the second rank. On the other hand, the king cannot go to the first rank, because of Rh1+ followed by a1=Q. Rook-checks from the a-file do not change anything. So:
2. Kd3 trying to enable the rook to take on a2. But:
2. .... e2!
3. Kxe2
what else? Now the king is again on the second rank, so:
3. ... Rh1
4. Rxa2 Rh2+
5. K anywhere Rxa2
and wins.

Anonymous said...

Easy draw? Yeah right. If you want to, white wins! But...black wins, by force. Either he promotes the a-pawn or white gives his Rook.

Figure it out yourself. Hint: start with a2.

Anonymous said...

1...a2
2.kd3... Black king moves towards b file and down towards a2 pawn.

Anonymous said...

1... a2!
it's obvious with 2.Txa2 and 2.Ke1, black looses easily.

2 Kd3, Ke6
3 Ke2, Kd6
4 Kd3, Kc6
5 Ke2, Kb6

and black wins ...

Rodolfo Pérez said...

a2, then move the king to the queen side to atack the white rook

Rodolfo Pérez said...

1...a2, then move the king to the queen side to atack the white rook. If rook take the pawn, then Rh2 check.

s.k.srivastava said...

1a2 win

pht said...

This looks kind of elementary:

1. ... a2

If white takes on a2, he looses rook to Rh2+, so he won't.
But what else then?

If Kd1/Ke1/Kf1 then a1=Q+! Rxa1 Rh1+ looses rook in the same way.

To delay things with checks doesn't help either, black king will simply approach a-file.

White must try:

2. Kd3 e2!
3. Kxe2 (what else?) Rh1!!

Either a1=Q or Rh2+ must now come next, in either case it's

0 - 1

Anonymous said...

The main line:

1). ... a2
2). Kd3 e2+
3). Kxe2 Rh1
4). Rxa2 Rh2+

and the rook on a2 is for free.

Anonymous said...

1.....a2!
White rook cannot leave a-file as black a2 will queen. If White keeps checking black king, black king moves to b file when checks stop.

A. If White plays 2.Rxa2 (straightaway or later when when checks stop) ...Rh2+ wins the rook and the game. Hence white cannot take a2 pawn

B. If white simply plays rook along a-file away from black king and does not take a2 pawn eg., 2. Ra8 (straightaway or later when checks stop)then 2....Rh1!! (threatening 3...a1=Q) wins
3.Rxa2.Rh2+ 4. Kxe3.Rxa2 etc

C. If 2.K-first rank..a1=Q+!
3. Rxa1..Rh1+ 4. K-second rank..Rxa1 winning

D. If 2.Kd3..e2!!
3. Kxe2 Rh1! threatening a1=Q
4. Rxa2.Rh2+
5. K any Rxa2 winning!

Harry
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