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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-242

  A somewhat more complex case arose in the game Pomar – Cuartas, Olot, 1974, pointing out yet another weakness of the doubled pawns. At first sight it might appear that Black to move loses since White is threatening to force zugzwang by a roundabout manoeuvre.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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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-225

  Among tactical motifs also the defence by stalemate deserves attention. In tournament play two exceptionally interesting cases have been registered. The first arose in the game Chigorin -Tarrasch, Ostende, 1905. Only in a post-mortem did Geza Maroczy discover a brilliant defence by stalemate. White to play draws!   ← 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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