B-635

  In positions with doubled pawns the weaker side draws easily provided it can place the king in front of the pawns on a square of opposite colour of that of the bishop. If this is not possible, the stronger side generally wins. This case is shown in a study by Y. Averbakh, 1954.  ...


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B-634

  In case of still greater distance between pawns, the king of the weaker side will need more time to seize the vertical opposition following the elimination of the rook’s pawn. As a result, the stronger side wins even in case when the other pawn must pass via three critical squares. This case is shown...


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B-632

  Also in all other positions with a rook’s pawn and a bishop of the wrong corner but greater space between the pawns, the stronger side, as a rule, wins in the same manner as in the previous example. But in contrast to the positions with the bishop’s pawn, the weaker side cannot save the...


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B-631

  On the basis of the analysis of the previous example we can easily reach the conclusion that all endings with the bishop and rook’s pawns are drawn if the king of the weaker side succeeds in blocking the c(f) -pawn in time. The reason is, of course, the impossibility of a detour from either...


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B-630

  Conversion of advantage is much more difficult in a similar position with pawns one file closer to the rim of the chess-board. The following position which arose in the game Kholmov – Bronstein, 1972, inspired Kholmov to analyze the position thoroughly and compose a study which was published in 1978.  ...


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B-629

  Bishop and two separated pawns also win very easily against a sole bishop although the weaker side may create a lot of problems by exerting constant pressure on the farther advanced pawn. A typical position, featured in the following diagram had also been analyzed by R. Fine in 1941.  ...


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B-628

  However, if in a similar situations pawns are only one rank further up, blockade will not function since the passed b-pawn will need to pass only one critical square so the deflection of the enemy bishop will decide at the critical moment. Also this position had been thoroughly analyzed by R. Fine in 1941....


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B-627

  If the weaker side succeeds in blocking connected pawns on the squares of the colour of the bishop, the outcome will depend on the distance of the pawns from the rim of the chess-board or the promotion square. When the pawns are near the rim and have not advanced very far, the weaker side...


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