Q-289

  Of particular theoretical interest are the positions in which the queen stalemates an opponent king in the corner of the board. Then there is the motif of the “berserk” rook, which the weaker side continually offers in order to make stalemate by its sacrifice. The stronger side can avoid it only if it can […]

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Q-287

  In these endings, the weaker side can avoid defeat only in situations where, due to the clumsy position of the opposing pieces, it can conquer the queen or force the stalemate by the rook sacrifice. The oldest example of successful stalemate defense was shown by D. Ponziani back in 1782.  

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Q-285

  Although winning with the black king in the corner is relatively straightforward, there have been many instances in tournament practice where the stronger side has failed to realize their great advantage. This was most often due to the time limit, but there were also cases in which the “50-move rule” decided the game when […]

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Q-284

  5. QUEEN AGAINST THE ROOK Because of the much greater mobility and attacking power, the queen is superior to the rook and usually wins easily except when the weaker side has the support of one or more pawns. For this reason, we will consider the basic endings of this kind divided into four basic […]

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Q-Basic6

  Queen easily wins against a rook alone. The winning plan is based on driving Black to the edge of the board, and creating zugzwang which forces the rook to separate from the king. Then a double blow or mating attack with decide. The winning strategy will be examined on the example of a Philidor’s […]

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