MP-993A

  It is easy to conclude that the similar position with doubled pawns on the c-file will be less favorable for the weaker side. White on the move wins easily, but Black won’t  be able to save himself on his move because the bishop lacks maneuvering space on the left flank. The position was investigated […]

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MP-992A

  With doubled pawns, the chances for a victory are much lower. Nevertheless, with the first pawn on the fifth rank, the stronger side wins easily if the bishop lacks maneuvering space on the long diagonal in front of the pawn.  We will look at the basic strategy for both sides on a typical example […]

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MP-991

  When the stronger’s side king is encircled in the corner with their own pawn, the victory is possible only if bishop can be captured by advancing the other pawn, at the moment when the enemy king is on the square of the bishop’s colour! Else, a famous drawn position we  saw in example 254. […]

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MP-989

  When the stronger side has one pawn close to the promotion square, win is possible if the knight is able to defend the other pawn “from the back” or if the stronger side can  transpose to the winning  knight + pawn vs. bishop endgame. Similar motifs are elegantly shown in the Neustadtl study from […]

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MP-987

  When the pawns are separated more than two lines, he king can’t protect them both, so weaker side has greater drawing chances. As a general rule, the stronger side fights for the  victory by  forcing one of the pawns and the outcome of the battle is determined by the  vicinity of the promotion square. […]

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