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B-557

  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 […]

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B-556

  Of special importance for both the theory of the endgame as well as tournament practice are positions with a rook’s pawn and the wrong-corner bishop against connected pawns by the rim of the board. As we saw in example 531, when the weaker side has only a rook’s pawn, the position is drawn provided […]

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B-530A

  Let us take a look now at another critical position with the black king outside the safe zone. This position with the black king in the centre was elaborated in great detail by V. Rauzer, 1928. White wins whoever has the move! When White has the move, the path to victory is much simpler […]

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B-529

  The most complex positions with rook’s pawns arise when the stronger side has the “wrong” bishop. As in all similar examples that we have already examined, a win may be achieved only if the condition of capturing the pawn whilst keeping the enemy king away from the “wrong” corner can be met. The simplest […]

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B-527

  A very instructive position also arose in the endgame Paulsen – Metger ( Nürnberg, 1888 ) . White was forced to place the bishop on a7 in order to prevent the penetration of the black king on a8, but he still has to complete the other half of the job. That is, he can […]

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B-519

  4.3. Bishop and Pawns versus Pawns Owing to its long-range action, bishop in conjunction with one or more pawns generally wins much more easily against one or more pawns than knight. But there are many exceptional situations whereby the weaker side may exploit the specific situation and avoid defeat. The curious positions 480 and […]

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