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This endgame can come out of the scotch gamibt, albeit there are better lines for a black player that desires a draw. However, I was wondering out of curiosity if this is good for white or black.

  • I don't see what difference it makes what the opening was. However, it might make a difference who moves first in the diagram position. Whose move is it? – bof May 14 '16 at 23:41
  • @bof From the arrow in the diagram, it appears that Black has just moved Kf5-f4. (Also, Chessbase's Megabase has 6 games with this position and in each case it was White's turn to move.) – dfan May 14 '16 at 23:43
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Komodo 9.3 evaluates the position after 1.Kd5 (after searching to 31 ply) as +2.32 for White. Playing out a few lines, White usually ended up with Q+2P vs Q+P. It's not necessarily winning (Q+P endings have lots of resources for the defender due to all the checks) but I am comfortable asserting that the position is more pleasant for White.

For what it's worth, the position has occurred 6 times in my database, with 4 White wins and 2 draws.

  • Kd5 seems to be best move. I initially thought to bring white Q side pawns forward first, since if white king doesn't move, black king cannot go forward either. If black weakens his Q side pawn, then K goes in. The problem is black will do the same and bring his K side pawns across, and marching 2 pawns is quicker than marching 3 pawns -- this ends a draw – jf328 May 16 '16 at 12:27
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There are many variations here which all lead to a win for white. The pawn on c4 is the only piece making a difference. After 1. Kd5 Kf5, you just push on the queenside and eventually Black has to make a concession. White also wins the pawn race after 1. Kd5 Ke3 because of the advanced pawn.

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