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P-58

  If the white distant passed pawn were shifted one rank back, a very different position would arise! White wins since after eliminating the black distant passed pawn Black’s king will not be able to control the key-square b7 in time.   For all similar positions a universal rule holds: White always wins provided his […]

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P-252

  The following pawn ending teaches a similar “moral”, which is possibly the reason why the once popular variation of the Sicilian Dragon disappeared from tournament play. The diagrammed position arises after:The diagrammed position arises after: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4: Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.Bb3 0-0 8.f3 Nc6 9.Be3 Nd4:10.Bd4: Qa5...


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P-251

  We shall conclude the examination of pawn endings with two instructive examples with far-reaching conclusions. The first example arises from the Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez. The “moral” is that Black should seek his chances in piece-play since the pawn ending is lost by force! The subsequent analyses will confirm what may have...


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P-249

  The weakened pawn structure is very often the reason of defeat. An excellent example of exploiting the “gaps” in the enemy position was demonstrated by Black in the game Cohn – Rubinstein, Petersburg, 1909. The white kingside pawns have been considerably weakened; this provides Black a clear winning plan. The target is the weak...


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P-248

  When each side has or may create passed pawns on the opposite wings, the side whose pawns are nearer the promotion square will win. In such situations of vital importance is the timely blockade of the enemy pawns. This is accomplished the most easily if the pawns are doubled. This position arose in the...


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