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PASSED PAWN VERSUS ROOK TRICK: ADJ FILE
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-Whenever- you see an enemy rook on a <FILE ADJACENT> to your <ADVANCED PASSED PAWN> (White a7-rook, Black b3-passer in R Bertholee vs Judit Polgar, 1990 below), you should be thinking about this tactical trick.

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R Bertholee vs Judit Polgar, 1990

syracrophy: After 35.Rxa7 it makes a perfect Wednesday puzzle (Black to play 35...?)

Black to play: 35 ... ?


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What does Black want to play in this position? Place the Black d4-rook behind the passed Black b3-pawn and promote it, right?

So that is exactly what GM Judit Polgar does! With 35 ... ♖d4-b4!!.

Position after 35 ... ♖d4-b4!!-+


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The point is that Polgar is using the old <PASSED PAWN VERSUS ROOK TRICK> to promote her passed Black b3-pawn after 36 a3x♖b4 b3-b2.

Position after 36 a3x♖b4 b3-b2-+


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What a <TACTICAL MONSTER> GM Judit Polgar is!

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59 ... Bxb7?? 60 axb7 Black a3-rook powerless to stop promotion
Wang Hao vs W So, 2007 
(A04) Reti Opening, 68 moves, 1-0

33 - RxBd6 d6-rook cannot get to 8th rank due to White c7-pawn
Kasparov vs Adams, 1997 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 33 moves, 1-0

33 f6-f7! White d7-bishop denies the f5-square to Black e5-rook
Kramnik vs Nunn, 1992 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

62 g6-g7! Black f2-rook cannot get behind g7-passer, g4-pawn
Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 62 moves, 1-0

35 ... Rd4-b4!! Judit's brilliant way to force b-pawn promotion
R Bertholee vs Judit Polgar, 1990 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 43 moves, 0-1

56 Rc1-c4! White c5-passer, Black d(3)-file rook allows trick
Kamsky vs Adams, 2008 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 60 moves, 1-0

58 ... Be2xBd3! wins piece, White e-rook versus Black f3-passer
E Inarkiev vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 59 moves, 0-1

49.NRf6+! Rxf6 50.d7+! and White g6-passer cannot be stopped
Jakovenko vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 1-0

31 ... Qf6xf2+! based on Black b3-passer versus White a7-rook
Wade vs L'Ami, 2008 
(B20) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

26 ... d4-d3! Black passer advances versus White rook on e-file
Sokolsky vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(D94) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 0-1

66 c5-c6! White d7-bishop guards c6-square from Black d6-rook
Yifan Hou vs Sasikiran, 2009 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 68 moves, 1-0

33 b4-b5!! Black rook on the c-file should have alerted Kamsky
Radjabov vs Kamsky, 2009 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

31 Kb1-c2 neither of Black b4-,d2-rook can stop White c7-passer
V Zvjaginsev vs Dreev, 2001 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 32 moves, 1-0

40 ... Rd3xc3! 0-1
Nakamura vs Ivanchuk, 2011 
(D83) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit, 40 moves, 0-1

20 ... f7-f5?? 21 e5xf6e.p.! 1-0 leads by force to promo trick
Caruana vs Granda Zuniga, 2013 
(C45) Scotch Game, 21 moves, 1-0

D Pardo Simon vs C Sandipan, 2014 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

R R oglu Gadjily vs M O'Cinneide, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 28 moves, 1-0

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