What happens when the enemy king is inside the square? The answer is easy, use your king. Well actually using your king can be extremely complicated. There are many positions that win and many that draw. Over the next few weeks we will discuss this subject further. In all these discussions I will limit the positions to a king and pawn for White against king only for Black.
But first of all we need to introduce the opposition
If we say it's Black's turn to move in the diagram White has the opposition and Black does not.
So what? Well it means that Black's king can not move forward and can only move backwards or sideways.
Lets look at a similar position with that pawn we talked about earlier.
|Black to move|
In the opening and middle game the king has to cower in corners fearful for its safety, but as the board clears the king can enter the battle and demonstrate its own fighting king. The king is well schooled in judo and can "roll" the enemy king out of the way.
Its Black to move he can either retreat or move sideways, lets look at both
2...Kc7 (Ke7 is exactly the same). Now the White king remembers his judo training and performs
|Hi Ya!! Black belt judo|
White's king now covers d6, d7 and the queening square d8. Black will resign as there is no way to stop the pawn. If Black had chosen 5...Kd8 White would have needed to roll the king again with 6.Kd6)
TIP - If you need to use the king in these kind of endings advance the king before the pawn. Always make sure the pawn can not be captured though!
Next week we will further explore these positions, as there are many pitfalls to avoid.