The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White can draw with 1. Kb7! a5 2. Kc6! Kb4 3. Kd5 Kxa4 4. Kc4 and White can bring his king back to c1 and prevent Black from promoting his pawn.
Endgame studies can be useful for practising calculation and imagination.
Some endgame studies use positions which seem so composed that they are unlikely to occur in actual play. By contrast, this week’s problem has a position which could have come from a game.
How does White play and win?