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MP-958

  There is an important difference in positions where Black uses the seventh-rank knight defence. In a similar position with the c-pawn Black draws regardless of who is to move. Here again Black to move draws by repetition: 1.. .Nd6+ 2.Ke7 Nc8+ ( Also possible 2…Nf5+. ) or gains a pawn. But White to move […]

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MP-957A

  There are many similarities between positions with the central pawn and corresponding to positions with c- or b-pawns, so that for positions with the d-pawn detailed explanations are not necessary. To illustrate this, we shall look into a typical position with the pawn on the seventh rank, where the white king controls critical squares […]

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MP-945A

  c ) Bishop and c-pawn against Knight In endgames with the c-pawn on the seventh rank there is almost no difference with regards to similar positions with the b-pawn. The stronger side may, in principle, count on winning only in situations when their king is on the side of the knight, i.e. when the […]

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MP-932A

  If the weaker side’s king cannot get in front of the pawn on time, and is forced to defend on its backside, the chances of escape are considerably smaller. But, when the Black king has a supporting knight to “keep an eye” on the pawn, chances to escape are much better.   ← Basic […]

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MP-912

  a ) Bishop and a-pawn against knight In accordance with fundamental didactic principles, first we will examine most simple positions, in which – due to unlucky placement at the edge of the board – real knight value is much lesser than bishop’s. The least favourable is the case with the rim pawn on the […]

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