Friday, June 27, 2008

K+P Endgame

The following position is from Staunton-Williams 1851 London. It is white to move can he hold the draw or is it just dead lost.

1 comment:

Justin Davis said...

What a cool king pawn endgame.

amazing position with so few chess pieces can still be not so simple !

With correct play the White King can hold the Black King at bay, Black's only chance is to drag the White King away by running his h-pawn. Black in this way wins whites last pawn, the g-pawn, for his h-pawn. But lucky for white he can play Kg3 when Black takes white's g-pawn reaching a drawn K vs K+P position.