RMP-398

  When, in a similar position, the black pawn is in the starting position, it is crucial whether the king and the bishop cover the surrounding squares in the right way. The next position, which emerged in the game Bolbochan-Maderna, Mar del Plata in 1949, has two significant  shortcomings compared to example 391....


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RMP-397

  When, in a similar position, a black pawn is fixed on a square of bishop’s color, White usually wins by careful transformation into a position with close pawns. We will get to know all the complexity of the winning strategy on the example of the ending of the game Korchnoi-Speelman, Brussels 1985.  ...


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RMP-396

  We will consider a few more educational positions with pawns on adjacent files separated by more than one rank. When Black has an ideal defensive position with a pawn on the square of the opposite color of the bishop, White cannot achieve anything even when his pawn is two ranks away from the opponent’s,...


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RMP-395

  If, in a similar position, the black king is driven to the clearing, the position is won. The next ending with the reversed colors arose in the game Botvinnik-Moses, the USSR Championship in 1952, and the world champion showed how the studious play can lead to taking the key  square f5.  ...


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RMP-394

  When White has an edge pawns, the winning chances are much lower because usually nothing can be achieved by switching to the pawn ending. However, there is some “poison” here as well, and it is necessary to know that it is necessary to “hide” the king on the h-file for a draw. The next...


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