N-438

  The weaker side has some drawing chances only when the enemy pawns are isolated and the passed pawn has not advanced far. Defence can be very successful if king can take care of the passed pawn and knight restrain the activity of the enemy knight by attacking the pawns. This conclusion is corroborated by […]

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N-435

  In endings with connected passed pawns a win is possible provided two basic conditions have been fulfilled: a) pawns are quicker and b) they cannot be blocked. A typical position of that kind of ending arose in the game Ribli – Timman, Novi Sad Olympiad, 1990.  

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N-434

  In endings with two isolated pawns each, the prospects of winning exist only when own pawns are quicker or when it is impossible to block them properly. This situation may occur when the pawns are very far from each other and, as a result, very difficult to manage. Victory is most easily achieved with […]

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N-433

  The force of outside rook’s passed pawn is also illustrated in a study of the brothers V and M. Platov, published in 1924. This position deserves additional attention because the a-pawn does not need the assistance of the king in order to win due to a tactical motif which exploits the knight’s proverbial helplessness […]

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N-431

  If in a position with a similar pawn structure pawns have advanced very far and knight blocks the enemy pawn, prospects of winning are very good, especially if the superior side has a rook’s passed pawn. In the ending of the game Lasker – Nimcovich, Zurich, 1934.  

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N-430

  3.8.2. Passed Pawns In positions with a passed pawn the prospects of winning are realistic – especially if knight is capable of simultaneously supporting own whilst blocking the enemy pawn. Positional advantage is reflected through three fundamental elements: an outside passed pawn, the blockade of the enemy pawn, the better king position. However, if […]

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N-429

  When defending these positions of crucial importance is whether the weaker side can attack one of the insufficiently protected pawns thus forcing the opponent to retreat. In the game Vasjukov – Timoschenko, Volgodonsk, 1981, Black could have saved the game although the “Encyclopaedia” assesses the position as won!  

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