Miracles on the Chessboard

This week’s problem illustrates the type of miracles that can happen on a chessboard, even in very simple positions.

White’s King cannot stop a pawn from queening. If White takes a Black pawn, the other pawn jumps two squares and races down the board for a touchdown.

The Black King needs only two moves to capture the White pawn. White needs four moves with his King to catch it.

Obviously, White should resign. But should he? Amazingly, White can draw this position.

How does White do this astonishing feat?

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White wins with 1. Kg4! That is another astounding move, and the only way to 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.