By Yuri Averbakh
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1. ~xb7t ~xb7= 1... 'it>a8 2. =' abc d e f g h Fortress VI Diagram 6-8 Diagram 6-8 Fortress VII The rook goes back and forward berween e6 and h6; the king is best placed on g7 and it does not move to h7 until the white queen gives check on the long diagonal. To hold the draw, all you have to do is prevent the move hS-h6. ~e7 ge6= 58 Fortresses Diagram 6-9 Fortress VIII The white king has to block in the opposing king. It must go to a square of the same colour as the black knight. @f2! ~fl?? ~flttJe4-+ and White is in zugzwang.
Fl Wc2 (3 ... e5!? f5 (4 ... l"Ixh7! l"Ixh7! f4 and White wins. VNf4 White is preparing an attack on the h7 -pawn. Black is powerless. What is remarkable is the position of the bishop on f6, which is restricting the opposing counterplay and also playing a decisive part in the attack. 4 ... te7 Black will be unable to take on f6, since then the black squares would be even weaker. But even after the logical 5 ... l"Id3! leads to a quick finish. VNh4?! +- would have been very strong. tc5! l"Ixh7??
U'k5! A surprising regrouping. The white rook arrives via the fifth rank to join the attack. g. a3, intending l"Ic3, Wf4 and l"Ih3. xc5? We3 followed by Wh6 and White wins easily, since Black has no pieces which can protect the dark squares. ~h5! e5 Other moves are no better: a) 2 ... gxh5? Wg3t. b) 2 ... l"Ixh7t! l"Id3+-. c) If2 ... fl Wc2 (3 ... e5!? f5 (4 ... l"Ixh7! l"Ixh7! f4 and White wins. VNf4 White is preparing an attack on the h7 -pawn. Black is powerless. What is remarkable is the position of the bishop on f6, which is restricting the opposing counterplay and also playing a decisive part in the attack.
Chess Middlegames: Essential Knowledge by Yuri Averbakh