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R-41

  Occasionally, due to an awkward rook position, White must strain himself in order to save a draw. The following is a witty example discovered by Stamma as long ago as the 18th century. Although the queening of the pawn cannot be prevented, White to move draws strikingly.     ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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N-268

When the white king approaches the a-pawn from the kingside and not along the a- b- or c-file, the knight can set up a very resistant barrier. Independently whether the knight be on b6 or c7 (as in example 261).   White king needs three moves to attack the knight. To save the game, black […]

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P-226

  In a similar entertaining way Black saved the game in the game Nikolajevski -Taimanov, USSR Championship, 1957. Black’s position looks hopeless since the loss of the c-pawn is inevitable. However, Taimanov spotted a hidden stalemate possibility.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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