Q-441

  The following 1962 study by V. Chekhover also has the “hole”. Both, the author and Averbakh wrongly claim that the position is drawn, not noticing that White can win by cutting off the opponent’s king on the kingside. Here is the proof (V. Kovacevic 2012)!  

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Q-439

  Given the knight’s “short legs,” isolated pawns are even weaker. Without the king’s help, they are often doomed, sooner or later, even when one of the pawns has reached the penultimate rank. The following position is taken from a study by V. Chekhover, published in 1962.  

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Q-438

  When the king is too far and cannot help the queen in the fight against pawns, the weaker side sometimes draws, and when its more advanced pawn is two steps from the promotion square. Such a case occurred in the game Averbakh-Ribli, Bucharest 1971, which we observe with colors reversed.  

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