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2.4.1. Isolated Pawns with One Passed Pawn

As a general rule, a distant passed pawn i.e. a pawn sufficiently far from the other pawns, represents a huge advantage. Generally, the stronger side wins very easily. Problems may arise only when its other pawn is placed on the edge of the board. Let us first examine the simplest case shown in diagram 55. The outside passed b-pawn ensures to White a very easy win. Its purpose is not to crush the opponent’s resistance by promoting into the queen; rather it will serve as a decoy affording White the necessary time for the capture of the enemy pawn thus enabling him to control the critical squares in front of his g-pawn. The win is achieved by the direct attack on the g5-pawn since after eliminating the distant passed pawn Black will not be able to reach the g7-square in time and achieve the saving opposition following the loss of the pawn.

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