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P-142

2.5.3. No Passed Pawns When in endings of king and two pawns versus king and two pawns neither side has a passed pawn, the positions assume a static character – the main role is assigned to the kings which decide the outcome of the game by complicated manoeuvres. The only exception to this rule is […]

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P-137

  An even more complicated case of fighting the breakthrough is shown in a study by N. Grigoriev published in 1930. The white g-pawn has paralyzed both enemy pawns; White would win easily by advancing the distant a- passed pawn if Black did not threaten a breakthrough involving the sacrifice of the f-pawn. Since then […]

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P-136

  For the theory of endings of king and two pawns versus king and two pawns of great significance are positions in which only one side has a passed pawn! In these endings may appear a new strategic motif – blockade. A blockade often gives rise to positions where one pawn stops both enemy pawns, […]

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P-130

  Unexpected solutions are sometimes hidden beneath the apparently perfectly clear situations thus corroborating the Indian saying “Chess is a sea in which a fly can swim and an elephant drown”. A case in point is a study by L. Kubbel in 1922. White seems to be hopelessly lost since the black king is already […]

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P-125

  A study by J. Bechting, published in 1894, is considered as the classic reference on the theme of the well-timed leaving of the pawn’s square. White’s pawns have advanced far but converting this advantage into victory is made difficult due to the good position of the black king. If the black king were at […]

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P-124

2.5. King and Two Pawns versus King and Two Pawns Although more material generally implies a widening of the scope of strategic and tactical ideas, these endings still belong to the simpler kind of endings; the choice of the plan is mostly determined by the elementary positional principles with which we have already become familiar. […]

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