RMP-389

  Black’s chances of a successful defense are much higher when his pawn is on a square opposite to the bishop’s color. The bishop and the pawn then complement each other brilliantly in covering the critical squares, so White finds it difficult to achieve suppression. It is unfavorable for White when his pawn is fixed […]

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RMP-388

  When the white king controls one of the key squares diagonally in front of his pawn, Black can attack from behind and significantly hinder the realization of White’s advantage. The next position with the reverse colors occurred in the game Henley-Keene, New York 1981.  

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RMP-306

  When the pawns are separated by three or more files, victory is possible only if rook sacrifice for both pawns can be prevented. White also loses with his king in front of one passed pawn if his rook is passive. Although at first glance it may seem that the game boils down to a […]

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RMP-299A

  b) Endings with isolated pawns In endgames with isolated pawns, a draw is a much more likely outcome, especially when the opponent’s king is in front of the pawns and the rook can take the side position from which it controls both pawns. This is evidenced by Ellison’s 1969 study.  

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