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Ladislav Prokes

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Name  Ladislav Prokes
Role  Chess Player
Ladislav Prokes
Died  January 9, 1966, Prague, Czech Republic

Chess study 2 ladislav prokes 1944

Ladislav Prokes (7 June 1884 – 9 January 1966) was one of the most prolific composers of endgame studies in chess. He was born and died in Prague.


Prokes was joint Czech Champion in 1921 and played for the Czech Olympiad team in 1927, 1928, and 1930. In 1951 he published a collection of studies "Kniha sachovych studii". His 1,159 endgame studies, as listed in Harold van der Heijden's database, rank fourth among all composers.

Prokes maneuver

The Prokes maneuver is a tactic in chess that enables a rook to draw against two advanced pawns in a chess endgame. Prokes composed an endgame study in 1939 which illustrated the Prokes maneuver for the first time. The solution begins:

1. Kg4 e2 2. Rc1+ Kd4 3. Kf3 d2

and Black threatens to promote a pawn, which would win. But White forces the draw with:

4. Rc4+! Kd3 5. Rd4+! Kxd4 6. Kxe2 Kc3 7. Kd1 Kd3 stalemate

The idea is, that by vacating the c1-square on the fourth move, White's rook prevents Black's pawn from capturing on c1. The white king is then able to reach the d1-square, stopping the pawn. The position after 6.Kxe2 is drawn (see King and pawn versus king endgame).


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