R-226B (Lucena’s position)

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Nothing is essentially changed when in the examined position Black is to move first. Black to move loses because he cannot stop the “bridge” building on the b-file.


3.Kc7. Black rook is too close and white king can approach it safely
7.Rb1. The pawn is unstoppable

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