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R-332

  Of great importance for tournament play are the motifs of cutting off the black king from the promotion square. First, let us examine cutting off along the seventh rank, with an example from the study by A. Cheron ( 1944 ) . Black to move easily draws with 1…Rc8! blocking the white king’s passage […]

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MP-958

  There is an important difference in positions where Black uses the seventh-rank knight defence. In a similar position with the c-pawn Black draws regardless of who is to move. Here again Black to move draws by repetition: 1.. .Nd6+ 2.Ke7 Nc8+ ( Also possible 2…Nf5+. ) or gains a pawn. But White to move […]

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MP-957A

  There are many similarities between positions with the central pawn and corresponding to positions with c- or b-pawns, so that for positions with the d-pawn detailed explanations are not necessary. To illustrate this, we shall look into a typical position with the pawn on the seventh rank, where the white king controls critical squares […]

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B-775

  With c- and d-pawns (or e- and f-pawns) there is an important exception to the general rule. White can win only if his c- or f-pawn has not advanced on the fifth rank! White to play wins by taking advantage of the passive position of the black bishop.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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