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  1. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    02 Nov '06 15:39
    How did Josef Szen win this game?

    white to move

  2. 02 Nov '06 15:49 / 1 edit
    I can't see any tricks, so the obvious try is for White to get his rook to the b-file, preventing Black from getting his king out of the way of his pawn.

    So.

    1. Rc5 a4
    2. Rb5

    Then, with the king safely cut-off and no-way for the a-pawn to queen, White can wander his king over to h4 to support g4-g5. Once these pawns are on the move it's game over. If Black ever threatens to exchange rooks then White should instead swap his rook for Black's a-pawn. Once both of White's pawns are on the 6th rank they are worth more than a rook and one of them will queen without any problem.

    One more thing - if Black gets his king on a1 and the pawn on a2, then White has to watch for stalemate tricks, so White will need to take the a-pawn before that happens.
  3. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    03 Nov '06 00:17
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    I can't see any tricks, so the obvious try is for White to get his rook to the b-file, preventing Black from getting his king out of the way of his pawn.

    So.

    1. Rc5 a4
    2. Rb5

    Then, with the king safely cut-off and no-way for the a-pawn to queen, White can wander his king over to h4 to support g4-g5. Once these pawns are on the move it's game over. ...[text shortened]... as to watch for stalemate tricks, so White will need to take the a-pawn before that happens.
    Yep. I stalemated Fritz this morning the way you describe.

    In the game, Szen gave up his rook for the pawn/queen but managed to advance his pawns far enough that the black rook could not stop both.
  4. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    03 Nov '06 00:36
    I was thinking about this. If you get the pawns to the sixth White is winning right? So allowing the pawn to queen but getting pawns moving would be another plan.