By Max Euwe
This e-book bargains transparent, thorough insurance of an important, often encountered endgame events. 331 examples are analyzed (each with its personal diagram), together with 30 examples of Queen endings, and a hundred examples every one of pawn endings, minor piece endings and rook endings. "The top booklet for the student..."—Cleveland Chess Bulletin.
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Ne4 f3 47 And Black has a crushing attack. Bf3 Rhf8 Black attacks the bishop, the d4 and c4 pawns and it should be winning. Let’s take a look at the starting position of this example again. Why does White experience problems with his pawns? It’s because Black’s piece activity is higher. “Thanks’ to his lack of development; White can’t provide enough support for his pawns. That’s why pawns became weak. If we imagine the same position with White’s completed development (let’s say after Be2 and castling), then White is probably winning!
Ne7, but it doesn’t give anything. When attacking moves don’t work, we need to increase our activity or decrease opponent’s activity. Rfd1 bringing the least active piece into a game. Rad8. 20. g6. Now White has a few moves on the Black’s side: Nd6, Qg5. Qg5. Do you remember why moves forward are good? The reason is simple – it’s because they increase your activity and restrict opponent’s activity. In this example, Qg5 ties the Black d7-knight down to the defense of the f6-knight. Now Black almost can’t move anything.
So if minor pieces defend weak pawns without breaking a sweat, what should we do then? Here’s the answer: when you attack weak pawns, it’s useful to trade minor pieces and leave heavy pieces. Let’s imagine the same position BUT without the minor pieces. It’ll look like this. 42 In this case White has a clear advantage. White can triple heavy pieces on the d-file attacking the weak pawn. Black will have to do something similar. You can see a great difference: White’s pieces are active and are attacking Black.