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Black is lost if his king is cut off along the c-file! The following position is the mirror image of the endgame which was played, although with opposite colours, in a famous Rubinstein – Salwe game ( Prag, 1909 ) . Rubinstein, one of the biggest experts in the theory of endgames at the time, did not know that the only way to win is to keep the black king in a «cage». He let the king’s escape to the d-file and in the end still won because Salwe did not know that in a critical moment one must use the diagonal opposition defence. This pattern had long been considered correct, until Baranov in 1954 discovered a drawing option, explained in the previous example. The shortest and the best way to win in this position was found by I. Maizelis in 1963. White to move wins by a mating play on queen’s side for the purpose of pulling the bishop off of the ideal defending b4-e1


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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.