Endgame Laboratory #9

A practical ending with a few subtleties.

White to play and win!

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.


  1. This one is obviously too hard :).

    Here is one winning line:
    1. Kc3 Ka3 2. Kc4 Ka4 3. Kd3 b5 4. g4 b4 5. Kc2 and white stops black’s pawn, but black is too far away to stop white. But black can improve with 4. Kb4.

    Maybe a similar idea works for white, but I can’t find it. Someone, please put me out of my misery!

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