E-book: Pawn Endgames K+2P vs K+P


With a rook’s pawn Black has far better drawing prospects in the battle against the connected rim pawns. Since White can attack the black rook’s pawn only from one side, Black’s defence is much easier. As a rule, White’s winning chances are much better when the king is in front of its pawns, whilst the most favourable positions for Black are those with the pawn still on its initial square. We shall first examine a general case where king activity is equal and White has only one reserve pawn “tempo”. As in a similar position with the g-pawn ( see diagram 111 ) , where the white king is not placed in front of its pawns, the outcome of the game is decided by the opposition. White to move draws; Black to move loses.


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