08 May 2014

Lesson of the Week

Defending a Pawn

Black to move

Find Black's best move so as to not fail as Black did in this online blitz game.

The following pawn ending was reached after following the suggestions of a young player from the diagram above. It took me less than a second to declare that White is winning no matter who is on move.

Naturally, the young player did not agree with me. I played the position out against Hiarcs on the iPad to demonstrate the elementary win.

1 comment:

  1. Yep this one is cake easy. You can take one of the 3 critical squares(b6/c6/d6) on this move and then pawn tempos don't matter at all. Definitely a 1 second evaluation if you know the idea which is chapter 1 of any pawn ending book.