Rook Endings

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White wins with 1. a3! h5 2. Kg3 h4+ 3. Kh3!! Kxa3 4. c5 Kb2 5. c6 a4 6. c7 a3 7. c8=Q a2 8. Qb7+ Ka1 9. Qe4 (other moves are possible) Kb2 10. Qb4+ Kc2 11. Qa3 Kb1 12. Qb3+ Ka1 13. Kg4 h3 14. Qc2 h2 15. Qb1 Mate.

Rook endings are the most frequent kind of endings that occur.

In this week’s problem, White has to try to win. However, he a pawn on the edge of the board. They are the hardest pawns to promote, partly because of stalemate tricks.

How does White play and 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.