Blockading a Passed Pawn

Passed pawns can often be a winning advantage in rook endgames, but not always; if they can be blockaded by a king they can easily become weak. The following game is a good example of this with White’s d-pawn looking strong until Black played 33…Kf8, getting the king in front of it:

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About Sam Davies

Sam Davies is the 15 year old son of GM Nigel Davies and a keen chess player in his own right. After a slow start with the game he has made rapid progress in the last few years and is now winning tournaments. Unlike other juniors he does not play in junior tournaments and likes playing positional chess.