P-221

  Minimal spatial superiority suffices for a win also in the following study by N. Grigoriev, published in 1920. White to move wins since he can push back the black king to the seventh rank and after the exchange of the f- for e-pawn seize the opposition forcing his opponent into zugzwang.  

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P-168

  A far more complex case was elaborated by N. Grigoriev in a study published in 1954. The white b-pawn is blockading two enemy pawns. However, should the white king move away, this would permit Black to achieve counterplay by the d-pawn. Yet, White to play wins. The strategy is very similar to that in […]

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P-154

  In all examples up to now we have examined positions with sound pawn structure. In case of a weakened pawn structure or when the weaker side has doubled pawns, the prospects of a successful defence are much slimmer. Doubled pawns cannot protect each other – they need to be protected by the king. In […]

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P-146

  When connected rim pawns are not blockaded the weaker side has realistic drawing prospects since it can also defend by stalemate motifs. This theme is nicely illustrated in a study by B. Horwitz and J. Kling published in 1852. The white king has considerable spatial advantage and can attack the enemy pawns from the […]

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P-80

  White always wins when his king has secured great spatial advantage since then he has sufficient reserve pawn tempi. A study by R. Fine, published in 1941, illustrates well this point. White to move wins. His strategy is very simple. He will first secure the occupied space by advancing one of his pawns. Then […]

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P-124

2.5. King and Two Pawns versus King and Two Pawns Although more material generally implies a widening of the scope of strategic and tactical ideas, these endings still belong to the simpler kind of endings; the choice of the plan is mostly determined by the elementary positional principles with which we have already become familiar. […]

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