B+P vs scB Basic Motifs E-book: Basic Endings E-book: Bishop Endgames Must-Know Endings


In order to defend correctly we should know that in positions with king behind the pawn, the weaker side can draw only with the aid of the vertical opposition; the reason being that for salvation is indispensable dual control of the critical square “above” the enemy king. The proof for this assertion can be found in the following example. White to play wins since he can cut to the enemy bishop the longer defensive diagonal on the square e7:


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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.