Understanding before Moving 28: A curious endgame

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5/23/2021 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 28th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman talks about schematic thinking in the endgame and presents a curious endgame. | Photo: Tommy Grooten

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Schematic thinking in the endgame is an important line of thinking that a club chess player can master by studying certain endgames in which a winning plan proceeds in several stages.

In the past, games were adjourned. The game was continued at a later point in time and in between it could be analyzed. During my career as a player I had several adjournments. The position below is from a game Pokojowczyk-Grooten, Copenhagen 1983, which was adjourned a couple of times before it came to end.

My opponent had been shuffling his bishop back and forth between g7 and f6 for several moves and he has just played Bg7-f6. The question is whether Black can win this position with opposite coloured bishops, in which both players only have one pawn left though Black is, of course, a knight up.

Can you devise a multi-stage for Black?


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