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In non-rim pawn endings the weaker side’s chances for rescue are much smaller, except in cases when the pawn and the king had already arrived on the seventh rank. Namely, the winning plan examined in example 10 will not be efficient in positions with non-rim pawns because Black will easily defend himself through the promotion of the pawn into the knight.


Positions to remember:

2...g1N+. Black escapes from checkmate by underpromotion to a knight
4...Ng1. "The golden rule" of such endgames is to keep the knight next to the king!


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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.