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When in a similar position Black has a bishop of the same colour as where the pawns are positioned, then the decisive the colour where the black pawn are. If the are fixed on the squares of the bishop’s colour, Black may only offer symbolic resistance ( R. Fine, 1941 ) . Although the position looks firm since the critical point b7 is well defended, White wins in “one-sided” play. The winning plan consists of three phases. First, the king will be moved to c7 and the rook to b6 and this will considerably restrict activities of the opponent’s pieces, then the advance of the pawn will force the a-file open, just to finish with an unavoidable mate


447.b Position after 9.a5?

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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.