SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
As the game advances and pieces get exchanged, if neither side is able to force the issue in the middlegame, then the endgame takes on added importance. For it is here that the master must be able to show his skill in exploiting the smallest of his advantages.
Some say that Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941) was the greatest endgame player in the history of the game. Perhaps this is true, but no less true is the fact that today all top players–or those who aspire to be at the top–make a deep study of the endgame. Practical books on this important phase of the game are readily available in most specialty bookstore, and on the web tablebases are becoming a popular source of information and practice.
Anyone who has ambitions in chess must become an expert player of the endgame.
Today’s problem is a beautiful creation of that master composer Grigorian. White is a pawn up but the Black King is close to White’s pawn on g2 and this makes his task very difficult. White can clearly go after the Black f-pawn , but Black will come up from behind the eat the White pawns!
The solution is not only very clever, but it has enormous practical value! Good luck
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN
The theme of an extra doubled pawn in an ending is most interesting. Intuitively, one would think that the chances to win are significantly reduced compared to when the extra pawn is healthy and undoubled. However, you would be surprised at how often the side with the advantage is able to win!
If White should be able to force his way to the 6th rank, then the win would be elementary. Surprisingly, Black can not stop him!