I read from this website (example 2) that you can win the game in the following situation:

[Title "Black to move - Black's POV"]
[fen "8/8/8/5PK1/1r1k4/8/8/8 b - - 0 59"]

I play as black. I want to keep the rook and king to win the game, and prevent him from queening. I can't let my rook be captured.

But he doesn't finish the game. He just says "And in this position you'll always be able to win the pawn and the game." But I don't see how I can intrude with my king to the queening square.

How can this game play out?

  • Are you seeing the board from black's side? Aug 19, 2015 at 18:21
  • @DagOskarMadsen Yes. Good Question. I'll edit it. Is there any way to put coordinates on the board? I'm new to this site. Aug 19, 2015 at 18:24
  • I don't think it's possible with this PGN viewer. You can put a feature request on meta. Aug 19, 2015 at 18:35

1 Answer 1


You don't necessarily have to intrude with your king to the queening square. You really need 3 things -

  1. Get the king close to the pawn
  2. Control the pawn's advancing square with both pieces
  3. Capture the pawn

So, in this case, Ke5 followed by Rf4 will achieve steps 1 and 2. Then you can capture the pawn and win.

So, for e.g. 1... Ke5 2. f6 Rf4 3. Kg6 Rxf6+

  • As an addition; in case white plays 2. Kg6, winning is again trivial with 2. ... Rf4 and capturing the pawn the next move no matter what white plays.
    – downhand
    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:44

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