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Regardless of the “pawn’s step too many”, White usually easily wins if he manages to cut off the opponent’s king from its pawn. The blockade of squares in front of the pawn and the control of the critical squares in its surroundings may only mean that Black will make the win difficult. Let us first examine the blockade defence where the central pawn is on the sixth rank. This position was studied by Guretzky and Cornitz in 1860, examined in detail by Averbakh in his book “Chess Endgames”, but the most straightforward way to win was discovered by the know-it-all “Tablebase”. Since the “run out pawn” deprives the king from possibility to break through along black squares, the winning plan consists of invading squares e6 and c6 by the king, i.e. to drive the bishop in order to carry out d7 followed by Kd6. The first phase of the winning operation is invading the d5 square in order to double threaten to break through across e6 or c6 and catch the bishop “in the hop”. White wins with:


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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.