B+Ps vs Ps E-book: Basic Endings E-book: Bishop Endgames Important Endings


Conversion of advantage is much more complex with the pawns of the weaker side being blocked only on the fourth or the fifth rank. The winning strategy is again based on stalemating the opponent. We should note from the beginning that this is possible only if the king of the weaker side cannot penetrate into the drawing zone delimitated by the bishop’s diagonals c5-f2-h4; partially by the c-file i.e. c5-c7, and the rim of the chess-board d8-h8-h4. The simplest case, that is, when the enemy king has already been closed off by own pawns and cannot approach the drawing zone was analyzed by B. Horwitz as early as 1885.


Drawing zone.


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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.