E-book: Queen Endgames Q vs 2P


Last few examples showed that weaker side’s chances to survive are much lesser when one pawn is far behind. Now we will examine positions when pawns are closer to each other and Black can avoid defeat. Position with central pawns on third rank basically presents position 21 but with one more tempo for White because black d-pawn has not yet arrived to its seventh rank. From this follows that winning area should be “one step” wider, but it is increased even to square a5, so the boundary goes over whole fifth rank. All winning maneuvers directly follow example 21, and the only question is how to win with king on a5.


Winning area



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.