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b ) Pawn on the sixth rank

When the pawn is on the sixth rank, prospects for Black to draw are much stronger. Especially if its king is in front of the pawn, with an active rook. Passive defence with the rook on the eighth rank does not bring success in positions with the pawn on the central or “bishop” file. Black to move loses. Due to the mating threat, his rook is connected to the eighth rank, which can be used by White to attack and win from the other side.


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GM Vlatko Kovacevic

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.

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