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Bb7 XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+k+( 7zPL+-tr-+p' 6-+-+-+-+& 5+-+-+-+-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+-+-vL-+-# 2-+-+-+-zP" 1+-+-vl-+K! xabcdefghy White is winning, because black can’t prevent a8 move. In this game, black had a strong counterplay. White was able to gain a victory only because of his persistence. White focused himself on the advancement of his passed pawn and realized this plan successfully after all. 31 In this game we have seen a separate passed pawn. Now let’s talk about the connected passed pawns. 2 connected passed pawns have a great power in an endgame: - They protect each other and support a movement of each other.

Next stuff to check out is… The ROOK Here everything is quite simple. First, a rook needs to have open lines. When you have a rook, you need to push the pawns forward and exchange them to make your rook active. 59 Secondly a rook works well with pawns. Thus a rook is good when you need to support an advancement of your passed pawn or stop an opponent’s pawn. There is an old rule: You Should Put The Rook Behind A Passed Pawn. It Doesn’t Matter Whether It’s Your Pawn Or An Opponent’s One. This rule is NOT absolute, but it works often.

Re3 and then bring the king into a center behind his pieces (Kf2-e2-d3). Let’s see what happened then. Ke2-Re8 XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+rmk-+( 7+p+l+-zp-' 6-zp-tr-+-zp& 5+-+P+p+-% 4-+-tR-+-+$ 3zP-sN-tR-+-# 2-zP-+K+PzP" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy black is also trying to transfer the king into a center. Ke3-Ke7 54 XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+-+( 7+p+lmk-zp-' 6-zp-tr-+-zp& 5+-+P+p+-% 4-+R+-+-+$ 3zP-sN-mK-+-# 2-zP-+-+PzP" 1+-+-+-+-! Kd4 right now, black will answer 33…Rg6 attacking the pawn and threatening Rg4 check. Thus white needs to make a little preparation first.

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