Suppose, white has 5 connected pawns, black only a rook. Under normal circumstances (black cannot immediately win a pawn, the white pawns are not too far advanced, say on the rows 2 to 4, black's king is standing in front of the white pawns)

Can the pawns triumph in such a situation ?


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Yes of course, there are more chances for white who has 5 connected pawns to wins instead of black who has a rook. A rook can't check the king all the time and the pawns are always helping each others to get to the final state to get a queen. This problem is usually won by the 5 pawns.

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    This is an opinion (which I happen the believe) but can you support this with analysis?
    – Tony Ennis
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 14:56
  • T ony, I doubt we'll find definitive word - like a mathematical proof, for either side could potentially win under some circumstances (ie not best play). I know by experience having played in a tournament game with one isolate and four connected, but not so advanced pawns against the rook, the pawns certainly have the advantage. Commented Mar 18, 2015 at 6:16

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