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2.3.2. Pawns on Adjacent Files

Also in the case of pawns on adjacent files, a win is possible only if the enemy pawn falls and one of the critical squares along the passed pawn’s way to promotion is secured. As a rule, this occurs only when one of the players has a huge positional advantage i.e. much greater king activity. Also in these endings the “full” and “distant” opposition and the restriction of the mobility of the enemy king play a major role. In addition to this, there appears a new motif – a tactical pawn sacrifice for the sake of making ineffective the “reserve” tempo. The point of a study by P. Duclos published in 1904, conceals this tactical motif.



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