Composed Studies E-book: Pawn Endgames K+3P vs K+3P


2.7.2. No Passed Pawns

In endings of three pawns against three pawns, none of them passed, in most cases the decisive factor is the better king position or spatial superiority. When all the pawns are not on the same wing, the spatial advantage is usually converted into victory through the opposition as well as by complex manoeuvres for whose understanding the knowledge of the theory of corresponding squares is indispensable. When all pawns are on the same wing, apart from the opposition of great significance are also a reserve pawn tempo as well as tactical motifs: breakthrough and defence by stalemate. We shall first examine some of the characteristic endings with pawns on both wings. When pawns have advanced far, the danger of a counter-attack is minimal since the pawns will be much quicker.

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.