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Pete Tamburro on

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This is a very important study by Mattison in that all Black has to do is give up his rook for the e-pawn to draw because the White king, bishop and a-pawn can’t force the queening of the pawn on a8 because the bishop is of the wrong color.It needs to be a light squared bishop.


Solution:

1.Be3+ Kb7 2.e7 Rxa3 3.Ba7 Ra2 4.Kf4 Ra4+ [4...Rxa7 5.e8=Q; 4...Re2 5.Be3]5.Kf3 Ra3+ 6.Ke4 Ra4+ 7.Kd5 Ra5+ 8.Ke6 Ra6+ 9.Kf7

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