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Brainy pawns

This is a lesson about promoting pawns to a piece other than the queen. A good reason for not choosing a queen is to avoid stalemate!

With few pieces on the board and only a king left for your opponent, you must be careful. Accidental stalemates are very common in these situations.

In examples 1 and 2 White can queen his pawn. Nice material profit! But… also a stalemate.
By promoting to another piece, White is heading for the win.
Take your time to study the examples and try to understand the differences between both positions.

In example 3 White can take the knight and safely promote to a queen. Black’s king cannot move and is not in check. However, it is not stalemate. Black still has a bishop that can move.

What do you have to do?
Find the best way to promote your pawn. Beware of stalemate!

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