Beating the French by Gary Lane

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Example 64 Exceptions to Centurini's rule There are two exceptions to Centurini's rule that should be noted. Diagram 11 Exception to rule Diagram 12 (8) Exception to rule (Diagram 11) White's pawn is certainly advanced further than the zone, but the result is still a draw because Black's bishop cannot be driven off the long a1-h8 diagonal. ). (Diagram 12) As we have already seen in Example 63, with the kings vertically opposed on b8 and b6, the result is a win due to zugzwang. However, with the kings on d8 and d6 the result is a draw as there is no zugzwang.

Etc. Milov-Lorseheid, Amsterdam 2000 (Diagram 57) Sometimes the winning process involves a bishop sacrifice. Ka5 Planning ... a6. The immediate 55 ... a6 loses to 56 Kxb6! axb5 57 axb5. 56 Kb7! a6 57 Ke6! 1-0 57 ... axb5 58 axb5 is a winning king and pawn ending. Horvath-Triehkov, Balatonbereny 1995 (Diagram 58) In this example the black bishop acts as a 'super pawn', nestling on the h4-square, where it protects the g5-pawn, is protected itself and prevents h4. The game then resembles a king and pawn ending, with Black of course having the option of waiting moves.

Kf6 58 Kxf4?? Blowing the win. White can still revert back to the plan discussed in the previ0us note with 58 Ba2! Ke7 59 Bb3 Kd6 60 Bd5!. h2 Of course! h1Q. 59 Kg3 "h-"h Endings with more Pawns In this section we'll look at a variety bishop and pawns versus pawns endings. We'll begin with bishop and pawn against three pawns, which produced a win:draw:loss ratio of 35%:46%:19% - the draw being the favourite result. If the pawns are all on the same side of the board and the kings are supporting them then a draw is a very likely outcome.

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