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Blomqvist-Svidler

  Event: “34th ECC Open 2018” White: “Blomqvist, Erik” WhiteElo: “2499” Black: “Svidler, Peter” BlackElo: “2756” Result: “0-1” When I first saw this ending, at first glance I thought Black was winning. White rook is very passive and he has no future, and also the white king is cut off along e-file. But the truth, […]

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Vidit-L’Ami

  Event: “43rd Olympiad 2018” Site: “Batumi GEO” White: “Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi” WhiteElo: “2711” Black: “L’Ami, Erwin” BlackElo: “2639” Result: “1/2-1/2” One of the most interesting things about queen endings is that the queen with g and h pawns versus queen cannot win with the best defence. Of course, in practical game, various factors such […]

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R-396

  7.2. Rook and Two Pawns versus Rook Like in knight and bishop endings, the advantage of two pawns is usually sufficient to win, but the final decision is on pawn structure and the activity of pieces. Thus, we will devide these endings in three groups: a ) Connected pawns, b ) Isolated pawns, c […]

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R-272

  In similar positions with b ( g ) -pawn or rim pawn, the passive defence with rook on the eighth rank could not break through since White has not enough space on the shorter side to attack from the back. Black to move easily draws by keeping the rook on the eighth rank.   […]

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R-21

  In non-rim pawn endings the weaker side’s chances for rescue are much smaller, except in cases when the pawn and the king had already arrived on the seventh rank. Namely, the winning plan examined in example 10 will not be efficient in positions with non-rim pawns because Black will easily defend himself through the […]

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