Even Simple Positions Are Not Simple

The following position shows that even very simple looking positions require care and concentration on every move.

People will throw away points and half-points by careless play. Don’t let yourself be one of those people.

Here we have only a King and Pawn each. Obviously it is a race to Queen, and equally obviously every move counts.

Surely the very last move White should consider is Kf2. This just lets the Pawn check on its way to becoming a Queen.

So how does White win this position? Kf2 just looks wrong.

Am I trying to trick you in this position? If I am, and you think that is not fair, remember that your opponent is also trying to trick you.

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White draws with 1 Nf6 d2 and then 2 Kf8! when he has a perpetual check.

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.