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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-225

  Among tactical motifs also the defence by stalemate deserves attention. In tournament play two exceptionally interesting cases have been registered. The first arose in the game Chigorin -Tarrasch, Ostende, 1905. Only in a post-mortem did Geza Maroczy discover a brilliant defence by stalemate. White to play draws!   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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P-137

  An even more complicated case of fighting the breakthrough is shown in a study by N. Grigoriev published in 1930. The white g-pawn has paralyzed both enemy pawns; White would win easily by advancing the distant a- passed pawn if Black did not threaten a breakthrough involving the sacrifice of the f-pawn. Since then […]

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P-130

  Unexpected solutions are sometimes hidden beneath the apparently perfectly clear situations thus corroborating the Indian saying “Chess is a sea in which a fly can swim and an elephant drown”. A case in point is a study by L. Kubbel in 1922. White seems to be hopelessly lost since the black king is already […]

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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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