B-694

  In a similar position, sometimes a reduction of material cannot save the weaker side even if it is attacking the remaining pawn by both the king and bishop. This rare case occurred in the game of the former world champion Max Euwe and the first ladies’ world champion- the legendary Vera Menchik, Hastings, 1930. […]

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B-835

  When the blocked pawn of the weaker side is on the opposite wing, there is a real danger of the bishop deflection with a saving reduction of material. The critical position is shown in the ending of the game Jakovich – Ernst, Gausdal, 1991, which is erroneously evaluated by Encyclopaedia.  

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B-814

  If in positions with two connected passed pawns the king of the stronger side can in time support its pawns and prevent the blockade, the advance of the passed pawn will eventually result in the win of the bishop. The outcome of the game will depend on whether a win is possible with the […]

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B-709

  4.4.6. Bishop and Three Pawns versus Bishop and Two Pawns The increased number of pawns diminishes the possibility of a total reduction of material thus improving the winning prospects of the stronger side. The weaker side may, as a rule, draw only in positions where there are no passed pawns and when its king […]

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N-337

  The more active is the king of the weaker side the more easily draw is achieved with the help of the outside passed pawn since the stronger side cannot avoid a reduction of material. This situation is illustrated by the ending of the game Donner – Darga, Hengelo, 1968.  

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P-233

  As a rule, the pawn set-up f4-g3-h2 with the active king is superior to the black set-up f5-g6-h5. Black can save the game only if the white king is too far away so he can by the execution of h4 force a reduction of material. Black to play draws since he can either force […]

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P-204

  A somewhat more complicated situation arose in the game Bogoljubow – Fine, Zandvoort, 1936. Also here White has a strong outside passed pawn which will deflect the enemy king to the opposite wing. However, the “forward” f-pawn enables Black to execute a saving material reduction.  

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P-203

  Chances in the battle against an outside passed pawn drastically decrease when the pawn majority is backward. In such cases Black cannot obtain sufficient counterplay so the outside passed pawn will deflect the black king to the opposite wing. Since the pawns are then defenceless the only chance consists in a reduction of material. […]

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