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When the bishop is deployed in such a way that one of its diagonals intersects both pawns’ routes, we have “absolute blockade”. In absolute blockade pawns cannot make any progress on their own since the sacrifice 1.d6? Bxd6 would be pointless as it does not clear the path to the other pawn. Absolute blockade may be broken only with the aid of the king.


The absolute blockade


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GM Vlatko Kovacevic

Vlado Kovacevic is a chess grandmaster and an endgame expert. He very successfully competed on the national team. From 2000 – 2004, he acted as selector of the Croatian Men’s national team. He is also a well-known chess author.