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In the below position, I'm playing as Black and it's my turn.

[FEN "8/8/1K6/2P5/1P6/8/8/6kq b - - 0 1"]

I've recently gotten back into chess, and this one is driving me crazy. I can't seem to figure a way to win, only draw. I don't appear to be able to get my king close enough. Can I win as Black? Any ideas would be great!

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    It is unclear to me which way the pawns are moving. Is white King on g3 or b6? – Akavall Nov 19 '19 at 22:57
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Yes, it is really an easy win.

The first move is 1...Qe4; 2.Kg4 Kc7, and note that white cannot make any progress without losing one of the pawns, leaving an easy win since your Q can get to g8 after winning the first pawn.

[FEN "qk6/8/8/6P1/5P2/6K1/8/8 b - - 0 1"]

1... Qe4 2. Kg4 Kc7

This is with it going the other way. It is harder, no question, but the first thing is to get the queen in front of the pawns.

 [FEN "8/8/1K6/2P5/1P6/8/8/6kq b - - 0 0"]

 1... Qa8 2. c6 Qb8+ 3. Kc5 Kf2 4. b5 Ke3 5. b6 Qe5+ 6. Kc4 Qa5 7. c7 Qa6+ 8. Kd5 Qb7+ 9. Kd6 Kd4 10. Kd7 Kc5 11. Kd8 Qxb6
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    Ok, but white moves pawn to g4, not king - am I missing something here?! It's been a while admittedly haha – MagicCoconut Nov 19 '19 at 22:47
  • Yes, what you are missing is that the original diagram would be read with white pushing the other way. I will add another diagram. – PhishMaster Nov 19 '19 at 22:58
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    Ahh, yes, haha! Guess it's not clear given the position of the kings - still cant win this one yet! – MagicCoconut Nov 19 '19 at 23:04
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    Since most diagrams are read with white at the bottom, that is why I figured it was the first position. It is relatively rare for the diagrams to be shown from the black side. – PhishMaster Nov 19 '19 at 23:05

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