The following example is somewhat more complicated. Since the black king is at the same distance from the f8-square ( from where it could control the critical squares g7, g8 ) as the white king from the critical square g7 ( four moves ) , the assessment of the position depends on who has […]

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  In the struggle for the domination of the critical squares it is crucial whether the white king can get in front of the pawn and seize the opposition. The following example shows the importance of the “distant” opposition.   Key squares and distant opposition:   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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  The knowledge of the theory of critical squares is crucial in order to choose the right strategy. The next example is a case in point. At first glance it might appear that Black being nearer to critical squares will draw easily. Nevertheless, the position is won since White will not direct his action towards […]

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