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is it legal to reply with resignation when a draw is offered? Of course. This is all that the FIDE Laws of Chess has to say about resignation: 5.1.2 The game is won by the player whose opponent declares he resigns. This immediately ends the game. You can resign at any time during the game. It doesn't even need to be your turn. I have done this. I once ...


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Is it a win or a draw? The position from the diagram is a dead draw. How can White win? [Title "White wins with queenside pawns"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "8/1k5p/1P3pp1/K1P2b2/5P1P/8/8/2B5 b - - 0 1"] 1...Bg4 2. f5 {No matter how Black captures the pawn, White plays Bb2 and gets the f6 pawn} Bxf5 3. Kb5 Bg4? {I am just setting ...


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it is very close and complex. I have won many end games with 2ps vs rook. here the black king is out of play and white has 3 pawns black will have to work hard to get the draw. I doubt any computer can analyse this far enough to give a conclusive answer and it was drawn as far as they could see ahead.


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After Rxc2 Kxc2 Kxf4 we reach the below position, which is a tablebase draw. The plan for White is really simple: queen the h-pawn (White can give up the rest of the pawns). Black king is too far away to help, that is why it is a draw (there are winning techniques for Black, but they require kings to be in close proximity). Feel free to test my claims with ...


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Let's note the following: 1.Rxc2 and 1.Kxf4 and 1.Rd8+ are equally good, since they all draw. If we ignore 1.Rd8+ for now, 1.Rxc2 is clearly at least as good as 1.Kxf4 in the position, since it drives black's king back one square, meaning that black will at some point have to 'waste' a move with the king to get to white's remaining pawns (the option of 1.Rd8+...


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The key point in this endgame is that the bishops are of opposite colours. It is a trivial draw. White is a pawn up but with nothing more than barely competent play by black, white will never be able to advance his pawns. The black king can never be moved from b7 and the black bishop can take station on the diagonal between c6 and h1 making the pawn move c6 ...


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It is rather easy to just chuck this position into a chess engine to determine the result, but let's try to manually to improve our analysis skills. Clearly, White is up one pawn with two connected passed pawns. These pawns are threatening to check agter White moves their king to b5, and push dawn the Black king to do so. But these pawns are easily ...


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In fairness , it seems Leela zero could have won that game by NOT shuffling on move 78. The pawn break e4!was decisive , and Leela missed it. Stockfish own PV lead to an ending with Rook and Bishop for Leela , Rook and Knight for Stockfish, with Leela a pawn up. I analyzed with Houdini 6.02 with TWO iterations of twenty minutes each , going in the first so ...


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Can the player with Black claim that White is being unsporting by shuffling and refusing to accept a draw? No. White may be quite legitimately trying to win on time. In blitz this is always allowed. In longer formats it depends on the format. Are arbiters permitted to adjudicate if one player isn't making an active attempt to win the game, but seems to be ...


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