CBM Blog: Race of passed pawns + a hiding place

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Race of the Passed Pawns

In this case the usual drawish tendency of rook endings is reduced. But Hebden could still have saved himself. How to deal with White's wave of pawns: 41...Re7 or 41...d2?

The hiding place

The defending king needs shelter against a rook check, when a passed pawn has advanced to the 7th rank with the attacking rook in front of it:

Since 1988 grandmaster Dr. Karsten Müller from Hamburg has been playing for the Hamburger Schachklub in the Bundesliga, and in 1996 and 1997 he finished third in the German Championship. As an internationally renowned endgame expert he is the author of the endgame column in the ChessBase Magazine and the author of the Endgame Corner column on ChessCafe.com.

You will find a whole series of his very popular endgame DVD in the ChessBase Shop here.

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