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Square Of The Pawn

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 17, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from my list of upset victories.  Tony and I were very close in rating, and it was a very close game.  It went back and forth with no one getting a very big edge. 

Finally, on move 50 I get a break and pick up a pawn.  However, the problem now is that most of our time is gone, and it will be 30 more moves before I win this thing. 

Since we were playing G90, we only had, on average, 1 minute per move to play 80 moves.  Thinking for 1 minute doesn't give you a lot of time to calculate king and pawn endings. 

Thankfully, there are some endgame principles that save you that valuable calculation time.  Here I take advantage of the principle called "The Square Of The Pawn."


I am ahead in material by one pawn, but my pawns are blockaded while one of his pawns is passed and free to run.  I don't have enough time to count out each move of the king and pawn to see if I can catch it. 

Of course, I don't have to.  The square of the pawn does that for me. 

Basically, it works by shrinking the chessboard from an 8x8 square to one that has the pawn in one corner and its queening square in another.  In this case, the square of the pawn would be a 5x5 square from row 4 to 8 and column b to f.  As long as the king is in the shrunken board, he can catch the pawn. 

Therefore, I realize that I can, not only catch the pawn, but trade knights on f4 and still catch the pawn.  In addition, with the knights removed, white has no chance for a draw anymore.  Finally, my endgame knowledge pays off.


Square Of The Pawn


[Event "June Ladder"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2005.06.07"]

[Round "1.1"]

[White "Telinbacco, Anthony"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D02"]

[WhiteElo "1854"]

[BlackElo "1842"]

[PlyCount "160"]

[EventDate "2005.06.07"]

[TimeControl "5400"]


1. d4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nbd2 Bg4 5. Be2 e6 6.

Ne5 Bxe2 7. Qxe2 Bd6 8. O-O O-O 9. b3 Na6 10. Bb2 Rc8 11. c4 Qe7 12. Rac1 g6

13. Rfe1 Kg7 14. e4 Bb4 15. Bc3 Bd6 16. Nd3 Ba3 17. Rcd1 Nb4 18. Nxb4 Bxb4 19.

Qd3 Nh5 20. exd5 cxd5 21. c5 Nf4 22. Qg3 Bxc3 23. Qxc3 Qg5 24. Qg3 Qf5 25. Nf1

h5 26. Ne3 Qf6 27. Qf3 g5 28. Nf1 Qg6 29. Ng3 h4 30. Ne2 Nh5 31. Qd3 f5 32. Nc3

a6 33. Qe3 Rfe8 34. Na4 g4 35. Nb6 Rcd8 36. Qe5+ Qf6 37. Rc1 Qxe5 38. Rxe5 Nf4

39. Rc3 Ng6 40. Re1 e5 41. Rce3 e4 42. Rc3 Ne7 43. f3 Nc6 44. fxe4 fxe4 45. Kf2

Kg6 46. Ke3 Rf8 47. Rcc1 Nb4 48. Rf1 Rxf1 49. Rxf1 Nc2+ 50. Ke2 Nxd4+ 51. Ke3

Nf5+ 52. Kd2 Kf6 53. Rf4 g3 54. hxg3 hxg3 55. Rf1 Ke5 56. Rc1 Nd4 57. Ke3 Nc6

58. Rh1 d4+ 59. Kd2 e3+ 60. Ke2 Ke4 61. Rh4+ Kf5 62. Nc4 Kg5 63. Rh7 Rf8 64.

Rg7+ Kf4 65. Rxb7 Ke4 66. Nd6+ Kd5 67. Rf7 Rxf7 68. Nxf7 Kxc5 69. Nh6 Ne7 70.

Nf7 Nf5 71. a3 a5 72. Ne5 Kd5 73. Nd3 Nh4 74. Ne1 Ke4 75. b4 axb4 76. axb4 Ng6

77. Nd3 Nf4+ 78. Nxf4 Kxf4 79. b5 Ke5 80. b6 Kd6 0-1

This Week In Chess


On May 17th, the CSCC had 7 members in attendance.  The participants played in a double Round-Robin, Speed tournament (RR, G7).  Here are the results:


Score, Player


8.5 Jeff Fox

8.0 Paul Anderson

5.5 Alex Torres

5.0 Mark McGough

3.0 Imre Barlay

0.0 Mike Voight


Tactics Time

By Tim Brennan

This week Tactics Time had the priviledge of interviewing Paul Anderson.  Paul is a long time member of the Colorado Springs Chess Club, and writes a light hearted weekly newsletter where he shares games, news, videos and stories about chess.

In this week’s entertaining, and informative interview Paul talks about how he climbed his way all the way from an adult beginner, to the USCF expert level, and club champion!


Paul talks about his experiences with: 

  • Playing email and correspondance chess and what he learned from these experiences.
  • Using chess programs and databases to improve your game (this was an important key for Paul, and he shares how you can do this also).
  • Preparing against certain opponents (the database is also key to this).
  • Learning to not listen to the “advice” and limiting beliefs that people will give you, such as “You can’t get to 1800 without studying openings” and “you can’t get to expert if you are over 35 years old”.  He also discussed having the positive beliefs that you can defeat a certain opponent.  I think your beliefs and attitudes are an often overlooked area of chess improvement, and thought this was a powerful message for improving your chess, and life in general, and was my favorite part of the interview.
  • Fun topics such as chess videos, playing chess as a Monk at the Renaissance Festival, and receiving “out of office” autoresponders from Norway.

You are sure to enjoy this podcast!  You can listen to it right here on the webpage (, download it for your computer or MP3 player (, or read the transcript below (

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