E-book: Pawn Endgames Important Endings K+3P vs K+3P


Of special significance in tournament play are positions with three pawns versus two connected and one passed pawns. If the passed pawn has not advanced too far, such positions are, as a rule, drawn – even when the pawn majority is inactive. Black’s defence is the easier the closer the white passed pawn is to the scene of the main action. This is also borne out by the ending Petrajev – I. Kogan, USSR, 1970. White to move draws since he cannot push back the enemy king by his passed pawn and penetrate with own king amidst the black pawns. Black will defend by a gradual activation of his pawn majority so as to force by a reduction of material some elementary drawn ending.


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