What is that chess magic that pulls out wins even from balanced-material endgames? It’s all about remembering the right patterns and ideas. Plus, it’s all about assessing where the opponent’s weak spots are. White to play and win in the position on the left. Hint: Is the Black King too busy?

Endgame chess puzzle

Result: 1-0
[…] 1.d4+ cxd4 the pawn capture is forced because the Rook on f6 cannot be abandoned
2.¦a5+ again the King is tied to the protection of the Rook on f6 and cannot escape to the fourth rank
2…¢e6 3.¦a6+ ¢e5 4.¦axf6 and white wins easily