King And Pawn Endings Are Not Always Easy

Even in King and Pawn endings, concentration is needed until the end of the game. It is very easy to play a move which can lose a game which could have been won, or allow your opponent to get a result he should not have got.

In this week’s problem, White is winning. But how does he do that? And what tempting move only draws the game?

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that after 1. g4 hxg4? , White can draw with 2. Kh8 h3 3. a7 and any pawn move by Black puts White in stalemate, so Black has to play 3… Kb6 4. Kb8 and White can Queen his pawn and then give perpetual check.

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.