Study - Reti


1. Rg8!

The position is difficult for White due to the remote location of his King. He must be precise as he goes about rounding up the Black pawns.

1... g3

1... f3 2. Rxg4 f2 3. Rf4=

1... Kd4 2. Rxg4 Ke3 3. Rg5 f3 4. Rxb5 f2 5. Rf5=

2. Rg4 b4

2... Kd4 3. Rxf4+ Ke3 4. Rg4 Kf3 5. Rg6 g2 6. Kg7 Kf2 7. Rf6+ Kg3 8. Rg6+ Kf2 9. Rf6+ Ke1 10. Rg6 Kf2=

3. Rxf4 b3 4. Rf1!

Precise! White's drawing plan is based on luring the Black pawns foward and then attacking them directly.

4... g2 5. Rg1 b2 6. Kg7 Kd4

6... Kc4 7. Kf6 Kb3 8. Ke5 Ka2 9. Rxg2=

7. Kf6 Ke3 8. Rb1!

Carefully guarding against the Black King coming to the second rank.

8... Kd3 9. Rg1= 1/2-1/2