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Test your chess: daily chess puzzle # 179

March 11, 2015

White to play and win

C Wu v F Odendaal 2005

 

Solution

 

I find counting pawn advances hard, really hard at times. I believe you are meant to be able to say 'his pawn is on the fourth rank, so will promote in four moves, mine…., 'and then know who wins the race, but I have never been able to do that, always getting in a tangle about 'they both promote, whose move is it?' and instead have to do the 'he goes there, I go there, he goes there…' counting. Shame on me.

With this puzzle, 1 c5! is obvious, and the help of the B in corralling the black pawns makes the problem easier; plus intuition tells me that the K can stop the b pawn, and the B the e pawn. But, still, not easy.

 

 

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