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E-book: Pawn Endgames Pawn Endgames with more Pawns

 

When each side has or may create passed pawns on the opposite wings, the side whose pawns are nearer the promotion square will win. In such situations of vital importance is the timely blockade of the enemy pawns. This is accomplished the most easily if the pawns are doubled. This position arose in the 24th game of the World Championship Title Match Euwe – Alekhine, Delft, 1935. The black queenside pawns herald victory but White also has his trumps on the opposite wing. White’s idea is to achieve the pawn set-up f4-g5-h5 and by the threat h6 restrain the enemy king. Black to move wins by blocking the white pawns:

 




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.

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