12 Winning a pawn ending
The ending of king and pawn against king is of great practical significance. If during a game you have won a pawn and then liquidated all the other pieces these are the pieces which are left on the board:
If you understand how to win this endgame you have a simple winning plan for games of chess:
- win material, at least a pawn.
- swap off everything (liquidate).
- promote the extra pawn as shown here.
- mate with a lone queen
The next example starts earlier - here the pawn is still on the startng square. The king is in front of its pawn; only then as a rule does it win the struggle for control of the queening square.