Composed Studies E-book: Pawn Endgames K+P vs K+P


In a similar position sometimes the promotion of the enemy pawn with check may be avoided. A superb example is a study elaborated by E. Iriarte in 1968. The black pawn is nearer to its promotion square; to compound the problem the white king is in the sights of the future black queen. Therefore, it is quite evident that White’s only hope consists in attempting a king breakthrough to the critical squares in front of the black pawn.


2.Kf4 A brilliant solution! White has in his sights the critical c1-square at the same time leaving the potentially dangerous diagonal b1-h7 and clearing the way for his pawn.

GM Vlatko Kovacevic

Vlado Kovacevic is a chess grandmaster and an endgame expert. He very successfully competed on the national team. From 2000 – 2004, he acted as selector of the Croatian Men’s national team. He is also a well-known chess author.