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Kc8 3. Kb8 4. Equally simple are: Kc8 Ka8 3. While, Hence, White's only problem is how to meet: Once more it is that deceptive "retreating" move which is the key to White's victory: 1. Kc8 2. Otherwise, Kd8 3. Kc8 4. So, as we've seen, from the diagrammed position White wins regardless of which side is to move.

What is interesting is that the Elephant can win against the Rook without necessarily "forcing" the defender to the last rank. The nice surprise is that White wins in a mere two moves.

The key, of course, is to separate the King and Rook: 1. Kc5, forced, 2. The following is the first "study" I've ever created! I'm overly proud of this discovery as it brings a fine delight to those whom solve it. White is to mate Black on both the a1 and a8-squares. The pattern is amusing. Before reading onwards and seeing the solution, set up the diagrammed position on your chess board and see if you can solve it.

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White starts with a check: 1. Kb5 leads to 3. Rb4 3. Ka5 4. Rb5 5. Ka6 6. Kb8 9. Now the mate is but two moves away: Ec7 checkmate! White is able to force a checkmate without the involvement of his King. Put the study on your board once more and now try to force a checkmate on the a1-square Here the trick is to remember that White's King is on the h1-square so that a twist in the pattern is needed: 1. Now our goal is to drive Black's King to the a1-square: Ka3 4. Kb1 7. Now we have to pause to think.

Previously our pattern told us that, 8. Ec2 would deliver checkmate. However, this pattern would be tragic: 8. So White adjusts the pattern: 8. Ra2 9. Eb3 checkmate. I found myself enchanted by these patterns which quickly lead me to my second study. When it rains it pours! Black would lose at once after: Kc3 2.

Kc4 3. Kb3 3. Kc2 3. Kb2 3. Ka1, Ka2 4. Kc2 4. Ke2 3. If: Kd2 4.

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Ke2 4. Now we start to see why White has checked in such a way, he wants to drive Black's King towards the White King: 4. Re4 5. Kf3, mission accomplished. Now the win is in sight: 6. Re3, otherwise Kg4 7. Ke2 7. Well, those examples with the Elephant versus a Rook were a mismatch.

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It raised the question how should the defender best try to hold? I'm not sure. It seems that when the King and Rook are in close contact, the defending King can be lead around the board and if it is forced towards the attacking King, the Rook is soon lost. Perhaps the best chance is to keep the Rook at a great distance away from the King, the opposite way of defending a Rook versus Queen ending. More study and practice are needed.

Let us see how the Elephant may fare against her majesty the Queen. We start with a simple tactic. Clearly, White's only chance of winning such a position is to fork the King and Queen. The winning move is therefore clear, White should not check the King towards the Queen but to keep them apart: 1. Kf7, Kf5 are easy to meet with: 2. To know the ending is to know the beginning. The following themes are covered in this course; 1. Square Of The Pawn 2.

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Sacrificing A Pawn 4. Triangulation 5. Restricting The King 7. Building A Fortress 8.

Breaking Through 9. Drawing Cases Creating A Stalemate Zugzwang Pawn Race Good luck and have fun! International Master Ahmad Alkhatib is a year-old professional player and coach. He is the reigning national champion of Jordan and represented his country at the 43rd Olympiad in Batumi. Course Options. Add to my wishlist.

Course stats. For: both pieces. Total students: Recommended for: Beginning players Casual players Intermediate players Advanced players. Language: English. Instruction: 9, words. Trainable variations: