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A far more complex is a case with blockaded rook’s pawns since the sacrifice of the passed pawn is not possible. This very instructive ending was first seen in the game Fahrni – Alapin. Since Black cannot access the c7-square due to Kc5, he is limited to alternating between d8 and c8, as a consequence, his king will occupy the same square after an even number of moves. It means that White will win if he can reach the same position after three moves – therefore, the solution is a triangulation i.e. the moving of the king along a triangle.

 

 



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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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