Zugzwang Again

In this position, White has to use Zugzwang to win. Zugzwang is often used in endgames to break down a fortress.

In this week’s problem. Black has constructed a fortress. There is no way through for the White King. But White can still win, provided he finds a way to use Zugzwang.

The solution to last Monday’s problem was that White plays 1 c5. He can then always block the Queenside pawns in such a way that Black has to move. Black then has to either move his King allowing White to play Kg6 and win, or move his f-pawn allowing White to play Kf5 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.