B-521

  Even more incredible study demonstrating the superiority of the spirit over matter, was composed by R. Reti, 1928. The white king is outside the square of the passed g-pawn, whilst the bishop can control the e-pawn in two ways (by Bb5 or Bh5) . Yet, the “slow” king will eventually outsmart the long-range bishop […]

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B-520

  4.3.1. Bishop and One Pawn versus One Pawn Bishop and one pawn generally win very easily against one pawn. In accordance with the basic didactic principles, we shall first consider the simplest positions with a passed pawn. There the win is usually achieved in one of the two ways: a ) the bishop blocks […]

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P-111A

  Major problems in converting advantage into a win occur when White has rim pawns, that is, the g/h or a/b pawns. White’s manoeuvring space is then greatly reduced which makes Black’s defence easier. It is quite logical that the rim pawns should be more successful taking on the b/g pawn rather than the rook’s […]

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P-44

  A similar idea of getting inside the seemingly “uncatchable” square by deflecting the enemy king was carried out by the «old» master Schlechter in his game with Marco in Wien, 1893. Although the white pawn resembles a helpless “extra” and the black pawn aided by its king seems to be “effortlessly” heading for the […]

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P-60

  When the pawns are only one file apart, converting advantage into victory is much more complicated, especially when the passed pawn is behind the blockaded pawns. White has difficulty manoeuvring and Black usually has a chance to save the game by attacking the blockaded pawn. As we saw in the previous case, a critical […]

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P-42

  2.3.3. Passed Pawns When each side has passed pawns, of utmost importance is their relative proximity to the promotion square, that is to say, how fast they can queen. If the king of the weaker side has managed in time to occupy the critical squares in front of the enemy pawn, the game will […]

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