Originally posted by sleightjacke
A couple of month ago I learnt opposition with k+p vs. k and I've won or saved lost games by knowing this simple rule. In the same way I think it's pretty frequent that one player get's queen with check with both colored pawns on the board. Isn't there any 'perfect' trick to this endgame or no because it's more complex.
You need to know about opposition, outflanking, corresponding squares. mined squares and zugzwang as well as blockading and what squares you can go to while still being able to stop your opponents pawn from queening (Rule of square, explained here...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_and_pawn_versus_king)
Its an area I'm studying a lot, as it doesn't suit my natural ability in chess. Its not about analysing, but putting into practice the principles I mentioned above.
This endgame problem uses most of the mentioned principles.
White to play and win.
The solution is below. Try to solve it yourself first.
1. Ke7 Kc8 2. Kd6 Kb7 3. Kd7 Kb8 4. Kc6 Ka7 5. Kc7 1-0