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R-305 (Vancura)

  Let us now examine positions with the black king imprisoned in the corner g7. Pay attention to the word imprisoned since the threat a7 with the winning backblow of the rook, the black king must not leave the safety area restricted to squares f7-f6-h6-h7. At first sight one can conclude that Black is helpless […]

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RMP-366

  If Black’s rim pawn is blocked on the fourth rank, Black loses when his king is blocked next to his own pawn by cutting off along the c-file! The following position was created in the Bellon – Tatai game ( Rome 1977 ) . White to move wins by driving his opponent into zugzwang! […]

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RMP-364

  Black is lost if his king is cut off along the c-file! The following position is the mirror image of the endgame which was played, although with opposite colours, in a famous Rubinstein – Salwe game ( Prag, 1909 ) . Rubinstein, one of the biggest experts in the theory of endgames at the […]

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RMP-363

  When the black pawn is fixed on the fifth rank, the situation for White is much more unfavourable for two important reasons. The first is that after the exchange of the bishop and the pawn, one more tempo is needed to occupy the crucial b7 square and to prevent the lifesaving Kc8. This is […]

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