I am only used to check-in-n type of puzzle, so I am quite lost when my friend challenge me to this endgame position. EDIT: figured out how to do the chess board (note: the board seemed to be flipped, the black pawn should be close to queening)


Can Black win? Black move first.

[fen "8/7Q/7K/8/8/kp6/qp6/8 b - - 0 1"]


It seemed very obviously that black should win, with an advantage of 2 nearly queening pawns. Yet the way the question is asked make me think otherwise.

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According to the Nalimov Endgame Tablebase: http://www.k4it.de/?topic=egtb&lang=en this position is a win in 40 moves for black, if black promotes for a knight to block the upcoming avalanche of checks. However if black promotes for a queen it's a draw.

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    I wish there are more intuitive way to explain the solution (there are still a lot of random stuff happening afterward), but I guess this will do.
    – user11002
    Sep 26, 2016 at 3:51

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