Composed Studies E-book: Queen Endgames Q vs 2P


If one of rook pawns has not yet arrived to seventh rank, draw is still possible but three conditions must be met:

a) black king supports more advanced pawn,
b) white king is too far away to enter winning area seen in example 12 and
c) white king cannot neutralize the a -pawn.

When “backward” pawn is on a3 Black can draw if white king is not inside area bounded by squares c1-c5, d6-h6, including squares a1, a4, b3 and b4. We can see such example in study by A. Cheron from 1945. White to move cannot win!


Winning area for white king


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.