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Excellent question because the difference between these two king moves is actually quite subtle! In general you're completely correct that moving the king two diagonal squares away from it ensures the king will be safe from the knight. However in this position, we know the knight is already headed to g4 to defend h2, so we shouldn't be afraid of the knight ...


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The fundamental principle in king-and-pawn endings is that you want to get your king in front of your pawn(s). If your king is behind your pawn then your opponent can block with their king much more easily. Therefore 2.Kf1 is a mistake, because it allows the white king to get in front of the pawns and also attack the black pawns. Whether it is a game losing ...


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Do you know instances of chess books explicitly rewritten years later by the same author, this time with computer-analysis aid? Preferably with the author telling the amount of errors found. No. This doesn't happen. Why would it? There is nothing to be gained by this. What does happen with a few old books with good reputations that were written using ...


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The pawns can indeed be stopped. The problem here is that White has barely tried at all! For instance, after 2.Qh7+ Kd2 3.Qb1, the pawns can go no further: against ...e2+, White can go Kf2 and against ...f2, Kg2 followed by Qf1 should be enough. 2.Qh1 could be an even simpler alternative, preventing the king from marching forward while also preventing ...e2 (...


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It's hard to explain why Stockfish goes for such a big advantage to White despite the fact of there being no direct winning continuation (according to Stockfish, White has several different moves and plans that keep the advantage). Anyway it doesn't matter much whether the position is +3, +5, +7 or forced mate in 23. A human can figure out that this position ...


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I'm a beginner so take everything I say with a grain of salt. Here is what I see. The difference in quality of the pieces does really stand out. White wide open bishops on the long diagonals dominant center control with solid pawn structure good prospects for the knight can easily castle and create an attack by pushing the already advanced pawns Black ...


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Here is an attempt to justify "Draw". What should be the plans for White? Obviously wander with the king to... Force entry to f6. This would win by zugzwang after some manouvering (play B to c7 and K to f7, the bB gets "scissored"). Force entry to c7. The d pawn queens (or the a). Force entry to b8. The a pawn queens. Unfortunately for ...


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The main approach seems to be: [FEN "r3k1nr/pppqn2p/5p2/b5p1/3PP3/1BP2QBP/PP1N2P1/R3K2R w KQkq - 3 14"] 1. Nc4 Bb6 2. Ne5 fxe5 (2... Qd6 3. Nf7 Qc6 4. O-O f5 5. Nxh8 O-O-O 6. Nf7 Rf8 7. Nxg5 Nf6 8. Rae1 a5 9. exf5 Qxf3 10. Rxf3) 3. Bf7+ Kd8 4. Bxe5 Nh6 5. Bxh8 Nxf7 6. Qxf7 Qe8 7. Qxh7 At the end, White has the following major advantages: Up a ...


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Original Game in Full Position occurs on blacks move 24 (Bxc6). [Event "Samba Cup"] [Site "Skanderborg DEN"] [Date "2005.10.23"] [EventDate "2005.10.14"] [Round "9"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava"] [Black "Kamil Miton"] [ECO "D80"] [WhiteElo "...


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This isn't really an answer except to say that the question might be wrong. This appears to be allowed as indicated here. But anyway just in case NoseKnowsAll from here has already given an answer and it seems to be the same as 1 of the analyses I ran just now. My opinion: Don't overthink this. Just downvote the puzzle and move on. I have 2 reasons why Even ...


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This position is typical of those that give computers great difficulty because they must be analysed backwards. White will try (somehow) to gain space and penetrate mostly on the dark squares, while placing his Pawns "to maximum advantage" and looking for an opportunity to sacrifice the exchange. In twenty to thirty moves time. If he is lucky (!) ...


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So doing a reference cross check I managed to locate the game from which this position is derived from. The position occurs at the end of move 25. [FEN ""] [Event "Sarajevo Bosnia 28th"] [Site "Sarajevo"] [Date "1998.05.31"] [White "Kozul, Zdenko"] [Black "Kurajica, Bojan"] [Result "1-0"] [...


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I added my views to http://talkchess.com/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=78146. It has some general outline.


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