I love Sundays. Sleep all the way till 7.30 – sometimes even 7.45. Only 4-6 hours of work. Season 3 of Homeland is not all bad, though episode 9 contained some really far fetched ideas.

I just did not want to do this yesterday and I did not have the time last week.

But here we are: The first two windows on your daily chess calendar. Solutions given the day after in the same thread – though obviously you are allowed to give your own punch.

Week 1 will be endgames. Sunday is the first day of week two.

Gilchrist is a LegendFor Problem 1, unless I made a gross error (quite often), I was thinking that Black wants to repeat by playing Kg6/Kf6 to win the d7-pawn since White lacks enough squares to defend it, thus:

1. Kc4 Kg6 2. Kxc5 Kxh7 3. Kd6 Kg6 4. Ke7 Rxd7+ 5. Kxd7 Kf5 6. a4 +-

was my main line.

Jacob AagaardYour solution is correct. What about number two? I will give the solution to that as soon as some has seriously tried to solve it.

TreibgutNumber Two: Jussupow (Linares 1992) played the correct move (reversed colours) against Ljubojevic.

Jacob Aagaard@Treibgut

I wish this was so.

1… Kd6? 2. Kd2 Ke6 3. Kc3 Kd5 4. Kd3 Kd6 5. Kd4 Kd7 (5… Ke6 6. Kc5+-) 6. Kd5 (6. Kc5 Kc7 7. Kd5 1-0 Gunina-Goryachkina, Nizhny Novgorod 2013) 6… Ke7 7. Kc6 Ke6 8. f5+ Ke7 9. Kc7 1-0 Sazonova – Yusuf, Khanty Mansiysk 2007.

The correct drawing move is 1… Ke7! 2. Ke3 (2. Kd3 Kd7 3. Ke4 Ke6=) 2… Ke6 3. Kd3 (3.Kd4 Kd6) (3. Ke4 f5+=) 3… Kd5 4. Ke3 Ke6=

In the Yusupov game the pawns were on g3 vs. g5 and h5. But the same ideas count of course…

BokiI Managed to both

BokiVery nice idea Jacob looking forward to Christmas Time

RayI had the first one correct, and for the second one my first move was correct (1…Ke7), but I missed the idea …f5+. So one and a half for me :-).

By the way, I like the endgame excercises for a change – there is no link with the fact that you’re at the moment writing a GM Training book on the subject?

Gilchrist is a Legend@Ray

In university they gave partial credit, but unfortunately in a tournament game there is no compensation…

Jacob Aagaard@Ray

The link is only by association. I was thinking we needed endgame exercises, but they are not from the book.