Australia’s team to the 2012 World U/16 Olympiad in Datca, Turkey from 5–14 August has been announced as Bobby Cheng, Justin Tan, Yi Liu, Laurence Matheson and Anton Smirnov.   This is very pleasing news with three Victorians in the team led by former Would 12U Champion Bobby Cheng – Australia has a very good chance of doing well in the event.   Turkey must be the chess centre of the world at the moment as the Chess Olympiad is being played there also, from 27th August, so August will be a great month to follow chess live on the internet.

Meanwhile, a bit closer to home, there are three RJ Shield tournaments on this Sunday so I hope that many of you will take the opportunity to play and get some valuable tournament practise.   I plan to go to the Tucker Rd. event to record some of the games for my chess lectures and to see how our training squad players are playing.   I didn’t get much chess practise last night at Chess Kids On-Line as we seemed to have moved from writing poems to doing history quizzes!   There was also a bit of discussion about what puzzle I will be showing this week and “CheckNorris” suggested that he had a found nice position that may be suitable.  Unfortunately when I checked it out it turned out to be a snappy little composed problem of mate in 31 moves!   I struggled to find the first move but Check claimed to have solved it in his head!    Maybe that’s why he is rated higher than me, but perhaps it’s a little hard for most readers.

I’ve decided instead to test your understanding of the concept of “the opposition” in King and pawn endings.    I used this position in one of my school classes last week and fooled most of the students, so let’s see if I can catch you out too.    It’s White to play.   What is the result with best play?

[fen caption=”What is the result – White to move”]8/8/8/4p1p1/8/5P2/6K1/3k4 w – – 0 1[/fen]


If White plays “normal” moves like 1.Kf2 he loses to 1…Kd2 2.Kg3 Ke3 3.Kg2 Ke2 4.Kg3 Kf1 5.Kg4 Kf2 winning.

1.Kh2 is a good try as after 1…Ke2 2.Kg2 White has the opposition and draws, however 1…Kd2! gives Black the opposition and he wins as per the line above.

The drawing move is the counter-intuitive 1.Kh1!! giving White the opposition.  For example 1…Ke2 2.Kg2 Ke3 3.Kg3 Kd3 4.Kg4 and it’s a draw.

One Response to “Jammo’s Chess Puzzle #130”

  1. May 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm, CheckNorris said:

    1.Kh1 is correct, but 4.Kg4 is not! 1…Ke2 2.Kg2 Ke3 3.Kg3 Kd3 4.Kg4?? Ke2 5.Kg3 Ke3 and black wins. However, 1…Ke2 2.Kg2 Ke3 3.Kg3 Kd3 4.Kh3 saves the day!