Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Challenge yourselves: A difference with an extra pawn?

As we resume on our journey in rook endgames, let us start out simple before we go on to the more complex topics. So how many of you remember the following position?

Dead draw

We already now that this position is a dead draw as long as White keeps his king on a2 and b2, and shuffles his rook along the h-file.

(Yes, since many of us are probably too accustomed to seeing White as the stronger side, I decided to make a change for now)

So now, take a look at the following 3 positions (all Black to move):

And of course the question is: For each of these positions, can Black win, or will it be a draw?

By now this should be quite trivial for many of us, so cracking this puzzle won't take long. Have fun! (:

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