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Q-Basic7

  The most difficult in queen endgames is to realize minimal advantage. Queen and pawn can win against queen if the weaker side’s king is not in front of the pawn and if it is possible to prevent draw by repetition. The best chances to win are with the pawn on the seventh rank, and […]

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Q-Basic6

  Queen easily wins against a rook alone. The winning plan is based on driving Black to the edge of the board, and creating zugzwang which forces the rook to separate from the king. Then a double blow or mating attack with decide. The winning strategy will be examined on the example of a Philidor’s […]

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RMP-570

  Now that we have examined all methods of defense, let us see positions where White has realized his strategic maximum – the black king driven to the eighth rank; and the reached opposition indicating a mating attack. We shall see the Philidor’s position where the kings occupy the central file, which was researched by […]

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RMP-569

  Defence along the seventh rank was discovered by a Polish grandmaster, W. Schmidt, and is based on the «hedgehog» set up on the seventh rank and a stalemate motif. Black to move draws not allowing the opponent to invade the seventh rank with his rook, and thus «pin» it to the edge of the […]

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RMP-567

  Defence along the sixth rank is efficient on the longer side only, i.e. the one where the distance between the bishop and the edge of the board is at least four files away. A typical position was studied by Kling and Kuiper in 1846. White to move cannot win because the black rook has […]

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