King and Pawn Endings are Difficult

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White draws with 1. Kb7!

If Black replies with a5, White continues with 2. Kxc7 a4 3. Kd6 a3 4. f7! and White queens his pawn.

In this week’s problem, White has to play and win.

It is quite difficult. One difficulty is that when White promote his c-pawn, Black will be left with a pawn on the rook’s file. Generally, that is a draw as the best White can usually do is stalemate the king in the corner of the board.

But in this particular example, White can eventually deliver checkmate.

How does White win?

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.