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On the basis of the foregoing conclusion about the necessary available squares on the shorter defensive diagonal, we can easily deduce that White cannot win in the following position analyzed by Centurini way back in 1856. In the analysis of the ending Kurajica – Markland we saw that White wins with a bishop’s pawn on the seventh rank if his king is on the shorter side, that is, by the rim of the chess-board. The reason is that in that case he controls two out of the three squares on the shorter defensive diagonal, so the bishop will have only one available square left. In this concrete case, with kings placed on a central file, the black bishop has the two indispensable available squares on the shorter defensive diagonal, so the position is drawn. White may try driving away the enemy bishop from the longer diagonal:

 



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