What do you do when you are down on material and losing the game?   Some players stake everything on a tactical chance which doesn’t work but they hope their opponent may miss it.  If the opponent spots the tactic they are dead.   Others may tend to get dejected and resign themselves to losing …. going down without much of a fight.

The best approach of course is to dig in and try to make it as hard as possible for your opponent to finish you off.  After all, the longer the game goes the great the chance your opponent may miss something and let you back into the game.

In today’s puzzle Black is the exchange up for a pawn which should be enough for a win in this sort of endgame where the rook should dominate?   His problem?   He doesn’t have a passed pawn.   In addition White, who has a Knight, is trying to keep the position blocked.   Black tried placing his rook on the “c” file but White just blocked it with Nc4.   Now Black tried to infiltrate via the “e” file and White has blocked it with Ne5.  What is Black to do?   Perhaps, dear reader, you can help him?   Black to play and win.


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