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Ke5. XABCDEFGHY 8-+-mk-+-+( 7+p+l+-zp-' 6-zp-+-tr-zp& 5+-+PmKp+-% 4-+R+-+-+$ 3zP-sN-+-zP-# 2-zP-+-+-zP" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy The best position for a king is the central squares. Also the king works best with pawns. So the white’s king has an ideal position now. It is in the center; it supports the d5 pawn and attacks the f5 pawn. Rb4 attacking the pawn. Rc4 55 XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+-+( 7+p+lmk-zp-' 6-zp-+-tr-zp& 5+-+PmKp+-% 4-+R+-+-+$ 3zP-+-+-zP-# 2-zP-+N+-zP" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy Due to the active king white is dominating.

A King Works BestWith Pawns! It doesn’t matter whether it’s your pawns or your opponent’s ones. A king is a very suitable piece to attack opponent’s pawns or to support your passed pawns. Let’s take a look at an example. 51 Shirov A. – Karjakin S. XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+-+( 7tR-+lmk-+-' 6p+r+-zpp+& 5+p+-+-+p% 4-+-vL-+PzP$ 3zP-zP-+P+-# 2-zP-+-mK-+" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy White: Kf2, Ra7, Bd4, pawns: a3, b2, c3, f3, g4, h4. Black: Ke7, Rc6, Bd7, pawns: a6, b5, f6, g6, h5. It’sWhite’s Turn White certainly has an advantage: he is up a pawn and has more active position.

One of the main winning plans in an endgame is to create connected passed pawns. As you know, the main way for a win in an endgame is to promote a pawn. Single passed pawn often doesn’t have enough power to become a new queen. Connected passed pawns have great chances to bring you a new queen. It is very difficult for your opponent to stop connected passed pawns. It is quite hard even to sacrifice a piece for 2 connected passed pawns. Let’s imagine that there is no pawn on a4 and black has 2 connected passed pawns.

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