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  Great piece activity can easily compensate loss of one pawn, while two pawns down can only be compensated by mate threats or quick pawn advances towards promotion squares. There is no universal recipe for such complex positions, but concrete calculation is required with every tempo taken in account. In this regard, very instructive is […]

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R 764


  The crucial importance of active play and limiting the activity of enemy pieces is also evident in the defense of weaker positions. Current theory has misjudged one of the most significant positions of its kind, which occurred in the famous game Rubinstein-Alekhine (Karlovy Vary 1911).

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R 761


  With a great positional advantage, a much more active rook and a better position of the king, as a rule game should be played on both wings, limiting the activity of opponent’s pieces, avoiding material reduction and striving to create outside passed pawn. In this respect, a very instructive is the ending of the […]

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R 748


  b) Endings without passed pawns In endings without passed pawns, the chances of winning are much smaller, especially when all pawns are on the same wing. Realistic prospects exist only in the weakened pawn structure of the opponent and a much more active piece play. A classic example of positional supremacy sufficient to win […]

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R 717


  When both sides have passed pawns, victory is only possible with a clear positional advantage. It is most often expressed through a better pawn structure (less distance of passed pawn from the promotion square), and better support for the passed pawn (more active position of rook and king). We see all of these elements […]

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