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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-226

  In a similar entertaining way Black saved the game in the game Nikolajevski -Taimanov, USSR Championship, 1957. Black’s position looks hopeless since the loss of the c-pawn is inevitable. However, Taimanov spotted a hidden stalemate possibility.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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P-224

Very often in tournament play we run across positions where each side has three pawns on the same wing. As a rule, these positions should be within drawing limits, but there are many exceptions. One of the most unusual is the case of breakthrough. White to play wins thanks to a breakthrough. By sacrificing two […]

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P-199

  A very instructive study on the theme of breakthrough was composed by Godes and Averbakh in 1955. It appears that White is hopelessly lost since the black king is too near his pawns, whilst the white king is tied down due to the “outside” passed pawn. However, White to move wins thanks to an […]

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P-142

2.5.3. No Passed Pawns When in endings of king and two pawns versus king and two pawns neither side has a passed pawn, the positions assume a static character – the main role is assigned to the kings which decide the outcome of the game by complicated manoeuvres. The only exception to this rule is […]

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