Originally posted by orion25
Yes, that's it, thanks. I knew it was probably wrong but couldn't find the answer.
Well... I think actually it may have prudent to play Kc5... else things are slower for
black to win...
Things are quite a bit slower to the win here (although black still wins) where black
will have to play h5 for en passat with his king poised to recapture or white can
decline and chase the black king to d7, where eventually white must stop his chase
and allow black to come to aid the pawn
don't get it?... well here is what it looks like
and thats en passat - forced capture
- now to the opposition - without the possibility of h6 😉
Now you don't have to calculate all this mess out - its not that bad thank goodness
simply put, you want to try to hold off your opponents king in space - to as little
space as he can possibly have - for as long as possible. Thats a pretty general rule
in pawn endings.
Thats not the only way! Its quite simple - lets just check real quick...
White would love to get behind those pawns...that'd make his day...
and ruin yours!
to do this, if black is awake, white will have to contest the 4th rank
before the e file - and have at least the opposition, or be ahead a file.
the f file is not available for passing! and if white doesn't have 2 moves
to back the black king off he'll run into f5! oops!
This illustration makes it all clear. Enjoy!
(see... c5 is pretty 🙂 )