N-308

  When the king is far, the knight may ensure its king the necessary time for getting near by controlling the critical squares around the pawn. A study by P. Larsen, 1933, is a case in point. Although the white king is very far from the battle-field on the queenside and the black king can...


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N-307

  When the pawns are on adjacent files, Black has a new motif – the pawn exchange making the realisation of advantage much more difficult. Especially when the king is not near its pawn – the knight’s task is not only to protect the pawn but also prevent the exchange. This position arose in the...


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N-306

  A study by L. Kubbel, 1914, on the theme of the defence of the rook’s pawn from the rear for the sake of gaining a tempo for transition to a won pawn ending, is also very instructive. Although at the moment the knight can defend the pawn only from the front side, White to...


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N-305

  When the white rook’s pawn is not blocked on the second rank, converting advantage into victory is much more difficult since Black’s freedom of action is greater. Yet, the win is possible provided the king is sufficiently near; in addition to hidden mating motifs also the possibility of defending the pawn from behind may...


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N-300A

  Although the situation is the more unfavourable for the weaker side the nearer are the passed pawns, sometimes the game may be saved even with the pawns on the same file! The stronger side then usually wins by eliminating the enemy pawn. We saw the exception to the rule with a blocked pawn on...


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