Q-226

  The most complicated case is with the passed pawn still in the starting position and the opponent king in front of him. The winning strategy consists in the constant tying of the opponent’s queen to defense of her pawn and the gradual penetration of the king. At a critical moment, the king of the […]

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Q-225

  With a passed pawn on the seventh rank, winning is usually very easy because the opponent’s queen is tied up by controlling the promotion square. The most problematic realization of the advantage is with the edge pawn because the king cannot help it because of perpetual. However, victory can then be achieved by exercising […]

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Q-224

  In the endings with outside passed pawn, the task of the weaker side is much more difficult because it faces two problems – “holding” an opponent’s passed pawn and defending his own pawn. If the passed pawn is not far advanced, the possible counter-attack and threats of perpetual check must be taken into account. […]

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Q-222

  Sometimes Black can draw with perpetual against a close passed pawn on the seventh rank, and even when the king does not control the promotion square and cannot avoid the loss of a pawn. The following position was created by “repairing” F. Prokop’s 1924 study, but in doing this Y. Averbakh made a serious […]

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Q-220

  Endings with passed pawns In these endings, the odds of winning are very high, and they depend primarily on the distance of the passed pawn from the promotion square and the position of the kings relative to the pawns. In positions with a protected passed pawn, it is easiest to win when the  opposing […]

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Q-219

  In a similar position with a blocked pawn when a king is not cut off from the pawn, the weaker side has a greater chance of salvation. Namely, then the victory can only be achieved by conquering the pawn, since the exchange of queens usually leads to the drawn endgame of queen and pawn […]

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Q-217

  Attacking a poorly defended pawn usually brings an easy win even in the case of blocked pawn on the central file. Especially when Black has no counter-play on the white backward pawn! We see such a case in the ending of the game Tompa-Kluger, Hungarian Championship in 1966.  

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