enter image description here

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

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

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.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.