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3.7.4. Isolated Pawns with One Passed Pawn

Although in positions with isolated pawns the possibilities of counter-play of the weaker side are better since two opponent’s weaknesses can be attacked, the prospects of a successful defence are, as a rule, slimmer than in endings with connected pawns. In knight endings a pawn plus represents huge advantage and very often guarantees victory. The outcome of the game is usually decided by king and knight activity! In endings with one blocked and one passed pawn, the weaker side draws very easily provided knight can attack the blocked and king the passed pawn. This is nicely illustrated in the ending of the game Botwinnik – Lisicin, Moscow, 1935.


GM Vlatko Kovacevic

Vlado Kovacevic is a chess grandmaster and an endgame expert. He very successfully competed on the national team. From 2000 – 2004, he acted as selector of the Croatian Men’s national team. He is also a well-known chess author.