Cat and Mouse Position in chess:
Cat and Mouse in chess is very rich concept it is something in connection with torturing your opponent, in Jerry Silman words ‘ Do in ten what you can do in two’ as your opponent has no choice or he is in helpless position. He covered same concept for above 2200 elo players. Well here, I will be covered the same concept under king and pawn endings in very simple terminology that you will never forget.
What exactly ‘Cat and Mouse’ position is?
It is like opposition, whoever has move, is having disadvantage. Check the above diagram; if it white to move, black is winning and if it is black to move, white is winning.
Can you bring ‘Cat and Mouse’ position by force ?
The answer is yes, you can. Look at the following diagram for better understanding.
if it is white to move white can force the same position by playing Ke7 (attackingd6 pawn) the only way to save the pawn is, Black has to play Kc5 and now white can force ‘Cat and Mouse’ position by playing Ke6 and putting black into zugzwang therefore after black’s any move white win pawn easily and so can win the game.
Practical Implication of the theory
Example 1 : Game between Kjartansson (2320) vs Hardarson (2285)
Example 2 : Voigt Hermann G vs Lasker, Emanuel