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Trading pawns

Jul 25, 2012, 3:31 AM 0

One of the most important principles of defending (and drawing) an inferior endgame is to trade pawns. Especially in minor piece endgames (endgames involving only bishops and knights) it is an important strategy, since - unlike rooks and queens - bishops and knights cannot checkmate by themselves. Therefore if the inferior side can sacrifice his bishop (or knight) for the opponent's last pawn, then he can draw despite being down a piece

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