Q-249

  We will end this chapter with a warning that, while avoiding perpetual check, one must first take care of the king’s safety. The attacking force of the opposing queen must not be underestimated. The tragic case occurred in the ending of the game Borisenko-Simagin, Moscow 1955.  ...


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Q-247

  In queen endings it is generally better to have pawns as close as possible to the promotion square. For the attacker, this opens up the possibility of a play for mate and for the defender a chance for a better counter-play. We see the first case in the ending of the game Zilberman-Vaganian, Riga...


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Q-245

  When, in a similar situation, the king of the weaker side is near his pawn, victory must be sought in the attack on the less defended enemy pawn on the opposite wing. If that pawn is on the rook’s file, it is not easy to realize the advantage even after conquering both enemy pawns....


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Q-244

  When the king of the weaker side is on the wing with a pawn ratio 2:1, then most often he can  provide much stronger resistance. However, if the king can be cut off from a pawn, winning is a  matter of simple technique. This is the case in the ending of the game Thomas-Lasker,...


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Q-243

  With pawns on both wings without a passed pawn, the path to victory is much more complicated. The winning strategy is usually to create passed pawn either by exchange or by conquering a less defended enemy pawn. The condition, of course, is that this can be done without fear of perpetual check. Here we...


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Q-241

  In a similar position with the black passed pawn on the fourth rank, victory can be achieved if the black king can break through “towards the king”, and by threatening to exchange the queens deprive his opponent of the possibility of endless checks, thus gaining tempo to advance with his passer. In this respect,...


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