A Piece Up

Being a piece up in and endgame does not guarantee a win. You cannot checkmate with just a Bishop and King against a King. Sometimes you can’t even win with King, Bishop and Pawn against a bare King.

In this week’s problem, White is a piece up. But he still has some work to do to win the endgame, because Black can make a draw if he can swap off the last remaining set of pawns.

How does White to play win?

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White plays 1 f5 and Black’s position collapses. We open up the position before Black can castle, and his position falls apart.

Steven Carr


Author: 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.