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Opposition in King and Pawn Endgames: not always as basic as you think!

Opposition in King and Pawn Endgames: not always as basic as you think!

CraiggoryC
Aug 6, 2015, 11:24 AM 4

Opposition is a situation that arises when it is the opponent's move and their is an odd numbered squares in between the opposing Kings. There are a few types of oppositions that I'll show below:

Direct Opposition

As you can see from the diagram above, it's White's move and they can make no inroads towards Black's side of the board. This is because it's their turn and their is an odd numbered of squares (1) in between the two Kings. Black has the opposition.

Examples

Now we'll play a "game": get the White King to the 6th rank. We'll see why this is important in the next example.

"Real Chess" Example

Other Types of Opposition

Distant Opposition

Distant Opposition is when it's the opponent's turn and their is an odd numbered squares in between the two Kings, but more than one (so 3 or 5, 1 would be direct opposition). Distant Opposition does not work as often as direct opposition, but it is still a useful tool to have in your arsenal. We'll go over when it works and when it doesn't.

Distant Opposition Works!

Distant Opposition FTW! (for the win)

Diagonal Opposition

Diagonal Opposition does not work as often as the other types of opposition, but it also can be used to great effect at times!

How to Claim Back the Opposition


1. Don't Care About It:

2. Waste a Tempo

3. Triangulation

Puzzles

Use your newfound knowledge to solve these puzzles, they will involve wasting a tempo, triangulation, all kinds of opposition, and not caring about opposition.

White to checkmate only moving his Rook once, for the next 2 puzzles

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