Double Trouble!

We all know that doubled pawns are bad …. but what about two lots of doubled pawns side by side in a nice block?  I’ve only had this once before, against Stewart Booth in the 1980 Australian Championship.  He had a piece and I had a “block” of 4 pawns.  The piece won!

It was therefore with a sense of deja-vu that I was playing on the other day and transposed into an ending a knight to the bad but with an impressive block of 4 pawns together.  Would my pawns be enough for a draw or a win on this occasion I pondered?   We reached the diagrammed position with White to play.   White is tossing up between 1.Rf1 and 1.Ne6+.

Today’s puzzle is which move is better and what should be the result of the game?

[fen caption=”White to Play”]5k2/p7/3r4/1PN3p1/5pp1/1K3p2/P4P2/4R3 w – – 0 33[/fen]


White played 1.Ne6+ and I ripped in 1…Rxe6 2.Rxe6 g3 3.Re1 gxf (3…g2 may be even better) 4.Rf1 g4 5.Rxf2 Ke7 6.Kc3 g3 7.Rxf3 g2 8.Rxf4 g1(Q) and Black won.

Instead better was 1.Rf1! and my computer likes White but in each line I play the black pawns eventually get moving and Black wins.   Have a look at some lines and let me know who you think wins.

2 Responses to “Jammo’s Chess Puzzle #64”

  1. December 01, 2010 at 4:45 pm, Molly said:

    Ne6+ i think is the best move


  2. December 01, 2010 at 4:46 pm, Molly said:

    sorry i meant Rf1 is the best move