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In most cases the game does not reach the stage of mate. One of the opponents,- seeing that Diagram 31 mate is inevitable, resigns, admitting his defeat. In notation the sign for checkmate i s + + . Diagram 31 shows a typical example of a mate by the Queen under the defence of the King. Black's King cannot capture the Queen that declared mate since it would fall under the attack of White's King. At the same time the White Queen on the d7 square deprives the opposing King of all the squares for retreat (c8, c7, e7, e8).

This i m p o r t a n t reserve m o v e that W h i t e has at his d i s p o s a l c o m p e l s B l a c k to g i v e u p the o p p o s i t i o n ) 4. . K g 6 5. K e 5 K f 7 6. K f 5 (again n o t f 4 ? b e c a u s e o f 6. . K e 7 ! 7. K f 5 K f 7 ) 6. K e 7 7. K g 6 ! K f 8 (or 7. K e 6 8 . f4 K e 7 9. f5 K f 8 10. K f 6 ! K g 8 11. K e 7 , and W h i t e w i n s ) 8. K f 6 K g 8 9. f4 K f 8 10. f5 K e 8 11. K g 7 K e 7 12. f 6 + , and W h i t e q u e e n s . Diagram 70 Diagram 71 In the p o s i t i o n in D i a g r a m 70 W h i t e ' s K i n g stands in f r o n t of the P a w n on the s i x t h r a n k .

He does not have any satisfactory defence against the threatening move 2. dxe7, followed by the loss of the Rook and mate. Note what a powerful influence White's Rook on el exerts on Black's position. This is because there are no Pawns on the e-fiie. A file that is free of Pawns is called an open line. White's Rook is in possession of the open line. Whoever holds an open line has an important positional advantage.

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