Rezan Brkic pawn endgame

Režan-Brkić, pawn endgame

  This position could have arisen in the game Rezan-Brkic,Zadar open 2015. During the game I thought this pawn endgame should be a draw, but after the game I found very interesting idea which doesn’t bring a victory for Black but makes the white defense more difficult.   Event: Zadar open 2015 Date: 2015.12. White: […]

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P-187

  Generally, doubled pawns are very weak. Sometimes the side having the doubled pawns may lose even with a pawn more! The importance of the distant opposition in blockaded positions is well illustrated in a study by F. Sackmann, 1913. White to move wins by taking first the distant and later the “full” opposition.

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P-186A

  When Black has doubled pawns even blockade cannot save the game since White will by exchanging one pawn transpose into a winning ending of two pawns versus one pawn. Let us take a look at the ending Charousek – Kosterka, Prague, 1897, which had been considered drawn for more than half a century. Only […]

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P-185

  For the theory of pawn endings of extraordinary importance is a similar position with the white rook’s pawn on the fifth and the f-pawn on the fourth rank, which is shown in the following diagram. This position arose in the game Psakhis – Savon, USSR Championship, 1981.  

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P-184

  If in a similar position the white pawns are shifted one rank “up” the board, there are two possible ways of winning. This is demonstrated by a study of G. Neustadtl, 1898. In contrast to the previous example, here the white pawns are nearer to the promotion square which allows a “breakthrough” tactical motif. […]

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