MP-914A

  The drawing chances in positions with the “right” bishop are much lower. Black can save himself by attacking the pawn from behind only when the passive positions of the white bishop allows a perpetual check. Such an example is shown in the next diagram (Averbakh).  

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Q-344

  When the connected pawns have already arrived on the sixth rank, the situation changes dramatically and the queen has to save the draw with perpetual check. The next position could have occurred in the game Keres-Byrne, Moscow 1955, in which Black offered the draw too soon, though he could put his opponent to great […]

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Q-154

  In positions with g-pawn on the fifth rank, Black has a great chance of a draw when he is pinning the pawn diagonally and his queen is close to the pawn. He always draws if his king can reach the drawing area 135  (with a pawn in the sixth rank), or the “triangle of […]

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Q-104

  Pawn on the b (g)- file. Unlike the endings with pawn on the center or the c (f)- file, all of which were won regardless of the position of the opposing pieces, Black can sometimes defend in the endings with b (g) pawn on the seventh rank. If, with the active black queen, the […]

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