Inarkiev-Lan Pawn Endgame

Inarkiev – Lan

  In this game a much weaker player by rating had a chance to crash a former European champion. Critical position: Everything revolves around who will end up in zugzwang. Event: TCh-CHN 2019 Date: 2019.04.10 White: Inarkiev, E. WhiteElo: 2692 Black: Lan, Zilun BlackElo: 2333 Result: 1/2-1/2    

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  This is a study-like pawn endgame. The winning method is famous and that is one of very important motifs in pawn endgames and its name is shouldering or bodycheck! Event: German League 2018. White: Genov, Petar WhiteElo: 2428 Black: Stevic, Hrvoje BlackElo: 2588 Result: 1/2-1/2    

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  A somewhat more complex case arose in the game Pomar – Cuartas, Olot, 1974, pointing out yet another weakness of the doubled pawns. At first sight it might appear that Black to move loses since White is threatening to force zugzwang by a roundabout manoeuvre.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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  In a similar entertaining way Black saved the game in the game Nikolajevski -Taimanov, USSR Championship, 1957. Black’s position looks hopeless since the loss of the c-pawn is inevitable. However, Taimanov spotted a hidden stalemate possibility.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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  Among tactical motifs also the defence by stalemate deserves attention. In tournament play two exceptionally interesting cases have been registered. The first arose in the game Chigorin -Tarrasch, Ostende, 1905. Only in a post-mortem did Geza Maroczy discover a brilliant defence by stalemate. White to play draws!   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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Very often in tournament play we run across positions where each side has three pawns on the same wing. As a rule, these positions should be within drawing limits, but there are many exceptions. One of the most unusual is the case of breakthrough. White to play wins thanks to a breakthrough. By sacrificing two […]

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