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P-50

  In all previous examples White won easily by promoting with check, even when Black managed to promote his pawn into the queen. Possibly, the most complex win in such an ending was elaborated by L.Prokesh in a study published in 1937. White to move wins by first gaining more space whereby the guiding of […]

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P-43

A far more complex case is a study by R. Reti published in 1921. White to move draws. At first glance it seems as though the white king had hopelessly fallen behind the enemy pawn, while the black king is inside the white pawn’s square. However, as previously, Black does not control the critical squares […]

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P-42

  2.3.3. Passed Pawns When each side has passed pawns, of utmost importance is their relative proximity to the promotion square, that is to say, how fast they can queen. If the king of the weaker side has managed in time to occupy the critical squares in front of the enemy pawn, the game will […]

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P-36

  2.3.2. Pawns on Adjacent Files Also in the case of pawns on adjacent files, a win is possible only if the enemy pawn falls and one of the critical squares along the passed pawn’s way to promotion is secured. As a rule, this occurs only when one of the players has a huge positional […]

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