R-184

  Of endings with three connected and one isolated pawn against sole rook, very sensitive are those with connected pawns still far away from promotion squares. When enemy king cannot penetrate in front of connected pawns in time, the side with the pawns has to assess is it justified to activate king and play for […]

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R-183

  Major problems arise when the king cannot go in front of connected pawns in time . In that case, win is possible even if pawns are far from promotion squares. A nice example of realization of positional advantage is the ending of the game Kasparov-Ye, Olympiad, Bled 2002.  

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R-180

  When pawns are far from the promotion square, then the most often outcome is a draw. If the king stands near his isolated pawn, then rook draws easily by stopping, blocking and capturing connected pawns. Namely, if it is not far advanced, isolated pawn is not a real threat. Next position happened in a […]

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R-179

  If in similar positions Black can prevent rook transfer to the first rank with a tempo, then it is possible to win even with a very distant isolated pawn. Beautiful study on the theme was composed by Benak in 1991. We will investigate it with reversed colors! Black to move wins because he can […]

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R-178

  If in similar position black king can support the isolated pawn, then two facts are decisive – is the isolated pawn quite close to connected pawns and is the rook able to quickly come to the first rank? If the isolated pawn is at least two files away from other pawns, rook draws easily […]

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R-177

  In positions with three connected and one isolated pawn, rook has much better odds to draw because isolated pawn does not pose a real threat. If king can stop three connected pawns, rook can make a draw even against three pawns on seventh rank. Such curious position is seen in Y. Averbakh study from […]

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