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  1. 30 Nov '12 05:00
    I was playing an OTB game with my friend today and ended up in this position (I am black). The game ended in a draw. Should I have won this game?



    He played a5 here
    (I am a newbie chess player so if this is a stupid question I apologize.)
  2. 30 Nov '12 05:28 / 5 edits
    Originally posted by ferntheballplayer
    I was playing an OTB game with my friend today and ended up in this position (I am black). The game ended in a draw. Should I have won this game?

    [fen]8/pp6/2p5/2P2K2/PP4Rp/1r5k/8/8 w 0 25[/fen]

    He played a5 here
    (I am a newbie chess player so if this is a stupid question I apologize.)


    I'm having trouble with the notes.

    Black wins like this:

    1. Check the king and make him get behind the rook.
    2. Force a rook trade.
    3. Recapture (either way) and march the pawn to the queening square.
  3. 30 Nov '12 05:41
    Variation 2:



    If he doesn't move the king on move 2:
    Trade rooks and play Kg2.
    The pawn marches all the way to the queening square.
  4. 30 Nov '12 05:42
    Oh wow it was that easy, thats embarassing. Shows I have a ways to go. But thanks.
  5. 30 Nov '12 05:46
    After his a5, you had a forced win.

    This winning variation will be pretty hard to find for a newcomer. It takes years of technique/experience to figure out how to convert wins in the endgame. Don't feel bad. My entire win here was based on a tradedown of the rooks. The general consensus (and you probably know this) is that the less material there is on the board, the more value a pawn advantage has. Trades are good for the side ahead.
  6. 02 Dec '12 02:47
    Paulbuchmanfromfics...
    I have a question for you on this >> Thread 149883 Page 3 / Post#11
  7. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    02 Dec '12 03:08
    Originally posted by ferntheballplayer
    I was playing an OTB game with my friend today and ended up in this position (I am black). The game ended in a draw. Should I have won this game?

    [fen]8/pp6/2p5/2P2K2/PP4Rp/1r5k/8/8 w 0 25[/fen]

    He played a5 here
    (I am a newbie chess player so if this is a stupid question I apologize.)
    Heartbreaking, Paulie gave you good tips. Endings and tactics my friend.
  8. 02 Dec '12 03:12
    What kind of ball you play fern?
  9. 04 Dec '12 03:11
    Basket.. haha. Why do you ask? You play?
  10. 04 Dec '12 03:18
    I played a lot basketball in junior high. Being around 6 feet tall back then helped a lot.
  11. 04 Dec '12 03:22
    Originally posted by ferntheballplayer
    Basket.. haha. Why do you ask? You play?
    Do you play for a team?
  12. 04 Dec '12 04:12
    I do.. I play on a Division 2 college team on a scholarship.. I got pretty lucky haha, I'm 6'5".
  13. 04 Dec '12 04:29
    Originally posted by ferntheballplayer
    I do.. I play on a Division 2 college team on a scholarship.. I got pretty lucky haha, I'm 6'5".
    That's great!

    I'm 6'5" too, but I am afraid my width is catching up with my height. 😞

    I guess you guys do a lot of traveling. Don't you? One of the things I liked the most was seeing all the other schools.
  14. 04 Dec '12 05:55
    Haha, that's what exercise is for!
    And yes, quite a bit of traveling. Get to see many nice schools/areas. Love it
  15. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    04 Dec '12 09:11
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    I played a lot basketball in junior high. Being around 6 feet tall back then helped a lot.
    How tall are you now? 😛