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RMP-570

  Now that we have examined all methods of defense, let us see positions where White has realized his strategic maximum – the black king driven to the eighth rank; and the reached opposition indicating a mating attack. We shall see the Philidor’s position where the kings occupy the central file, which was researched by […]

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RMP-569

  Defence along the seventh rank was discovered by a Polish grandmaster, W. Schmidt, and is based on the «hedgehog» set up on the seventh rank and a stalemate motif. Black to move draws not allowing the opponent to invade the seventh rank with his rook, and thus «pin» it to the edge of the […]

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RMP-567

  Defence along the sixth rank is efficient on the longer side only, i.e. the one where the distance between the bishop and the edge of the board is at least four files away. A typical position was studied by Kling and Kuiper in 1846. White to move cannot win because the black rook has […]

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RMP-565

  When his king is in an unenviable position on the eighth rank, Black still can avoid to lose, if he directs his king and rook to control the intersection of the bishop and rook on the seventh rank (Szen) . Although his king is on the sixth rank, and enjoys the bishop’s shield from […]

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RMP-564

  Black has four basic defending techniques: a ) Defence from the rear (Cochrane) b ) Double control of intersection (Szen) c ) Sixth rank defence (Kling and Kuiper) d ) Seventh rank defence (Schmidt) . Defence from the rear (Cochrane) is convincingly the simplest, and based on tying the bishop on the fourth rank […]

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