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R-44

  6.6.2. Rook against two pawns Even though, statistically speaking, rook is materially much more valuable than two pawns and most often than not, manages to prove its tactical merit and power, in these endgames the weaker side has quite good prospects to get saved. Position of pieces greatly effects the outcome of the game. […]

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P-226

  In a similar entertaining way Black saved the game in the game Nikolajevski -Taimanov, USSR Championship, 1957. Black’s position looks hopeless since the loss of the c-pawn is inevitable. However, Taimanov spotted a hidden stalemate possibility.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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P-61

  Even more complicated is a case with a passed pawn on the rook’s file; the win is possible only if the passed pawn is still on its initial position. A very instructive example illustrating this point is a study by H. Walker, published in 1841. White to move wins. His task is made more […]

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P-54

2.4. King and Two Pawns versus King and One Pawn In endings with minimal material, one-pawn superiority is generally converted into victory – especially if the stronger side has a passed pawn. However, the term “generally” should be taken with great caution. The fundamental laws governing the game of chess are usually explained by rules […]

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P-43

A far more complex case is a study by R. Reti published in 1921. White to move draws. At first glance it seems as though the white king had hopelessly fallen behind the enemy pawn, while the black king is inside the white pawn’s square. However, as previously, Black does not control the critical squares […]

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