Pawn endings

“It cannot be too greatly emphasized that the most important role in pawn endings is played by the king.” Siegbert Tarrasch

King and pawns endgames are of vital importance for a few reasons because they can introduce you to some key concepts of endgame theory.

Endings in which the stronger side has a pawn and the weaker does not can be split in two categories:

  • The pawn can queen without help

    While these ending can be calculated manually every time, the rule of the square is a safe and quick way to answer the question “can this pawn queen?”

  • The pawn cannot queen without help

    When a pawn needs king support then concepts like opposition and key squares are of vital importance.

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