The Opposition

Bringing the king into play is the first thing to do in most cases for in contrast to the earlier phases of the game it is in the ending that the king, instead of hiding himself or playing into safety, becomes an attacking piece. Its freedom of action as it approaches its rival is controlled by a relationship between their respective positions, which is known as the opposition. 1 The kings stand opposite one another, i.e. m opposition. White, having to move, can never force his way forward 1....

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The end of the first phase, Black's king has been drawn as far as possible from the queen's side. White is now trying to create a passed QRP, and Black to prevent this. In the game Tarrasch played 11 PBS at once giving White a passed pawn or the king's Side, and lost after 12. PxP BQ2 13. KKt5 KB2 14. PB5BB3 1S.KB4KK2 16. KK5 (zugzwang) 16 BK1 17. KxPBB3ch. 18.KK5BK1 19. KQ5. BQ2 15. PR5 BB1 16. BQ6 BR3 17 KKt5 BB1 18. KB6, duly winning the bishop for the...