RMP-371B

  So much for the introduction. Let us now consider the course of the game Timman-Velimirović with detailed analysis, which will reveal how it is possible that in this case as well (as in the example with the pawn blocked on the fourth rank) a cutting off along the g-file is sufficient to win. Namely,...


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RMP-371A

  The most complex and difficult ending of this kind – when victory is achieved by cutting off the opponent’s king along the g-file – has long been explored by A. Cheron, and the smallest nuances and finesse were discovered by Y. Averbakh and especially J. Timman after the  position appeared in the famous ending...


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RMP-369

  The same “laws” apply to positions with a black pawn blocked on the third rank. White wins if he can cut off the opponent’s king next to the pawn (along the c-file!) or from the pawn (at least along the g-file!). We will first look at an educational example with a king cut off...


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RMP-368

  Although the lessons from Baranov’s and Maizelis’s analysis have been “the property of all mankind” for almost half a century, and the additional conclusions from the previous two examples are very logical, there is sometimes a lot of wandering and confusion among the world’s greatest grandmasters. An incredible case occurred in the game Kasparov-Yusupov,...


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RMP-365A

  Baranov’s analysis are a roadmap for understanding other positions with fixed edge pawns. When his pawn is on the fourth rank, Black loses in two basic cases: if his king is closed next to his own pawn (cut off along the c-file!) and if his king is cut off far from the pawn (at...


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