Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual- Pawn Endgames
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The following lesson is taken from "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, 2nd ed." by Mark Dvoretsky
*To be able to calculate pawn endgames effectively
* To learn appropriate techniques, not just memorize positions.
* Understand that tempo and speed are critical.
Key squares are those that if the King were to occupy them, it would assure a victory.
Example 1: First, let's play this position out with a partner. First, let's say it is black to move. After you're done, set up the same position and it'll be white to move first. We'll compare our results after we finish.
As before, set-up this position with a partner. White to play and play it out. Careful not to stalemate!
In this position, if white were to move first, the key squares are a7, b7, c7 and a6, b6 and c6.
Example 3: Set-up your boards in the following position and give it a try. White to play!
Example 4: Now, let's check out another example. Do not set-up. Just watch and let's see if you can break it down.