# Coach Dante's Endgame Crash Course! -- Pawns: Corresponding Squares & Mined Squares

Following up on our discussion of **Opposition** we will jump straight in to **Mined Squares**.

In the above position we have two passed pawns on the board; one for each player. However, neither the Black nor White Kings can approach their respective pawns.

So we see the power of the **Mined Square**! Whoever steps on the mine first will be blown to smithereens! In our first case we have an example of * Untouchable Squares*. Neither player can step forward without losing, so both players will simply shuffle around the ranks to a draw. What if we can force our opponent to step on the mine first?

**White to Move**

The **Mined Squares** are c5 for Black and e6 for White. With a clever maneuver White can force his opponent onto the mine!

In the same position with Black to move White fairs a bit better due to the less advanced pawn.

Taking what we know about **Mined Squares** we can now dig deeper into **Corresponding Squares**. In the following position we can identify that the squares d4 and e6 are mined and thus **Correspond** to each other. From there we can work our way backwards to further **Corresponding Squares**.

In the final position White makes a key waiting move by moving Ke2-f2!!. The f2-square gives White access to the mined f3-square. Black doesn't have a **Corresponding Square** to move to that also gives him access to the mined e5-square.

**Corresponding Squares**!

*Black mistakenly steps forward with the King, and this allows White a strong endgame tactic. Can you figure it out?*