Greeting players and fellow patzers
Have many of you guys on here had a K+Q vs K+R?
I had played roughly 900 games on this site before I recently encountered my first one,
and felt the topic is worth a little gloss over... feel free to ignore if you're all too familiar.
It was actually a game from the Mikelom memorial tournament.
Feicko had already won my group (congrats to him)
but this game vs. him turned out to be an interesting study,
at least for me, as I had never studied this endgame before.
It is in fact a forced win for the Queen, for the majority of cases,
except there can be some cases where a careless mistake forces a draw.
There is however this - the 'Philidor position' from 1777:
No matter who it is to move, this position is forced winning for the Queen in all possible variations.
See how many you can spot.
I found a site which provides a good, thorough basis of which to understand the techniques needed here:
And just to wrap up, below is the game which sparked all this off, with some commentary.
I play Black.