Distant Opposition

The distant opposition occurs in King-and-Pawn endings. It is a generalization of the opposition to Kings that are further apart. The basic opposition occurs when Kings are only 1 square apart. The distant opposition refers to Kings further apart, but in such a configuration that they will achieve the opposition as they move towards each other.

Diagram: Kings in Distant Opposition

As with the opposition, the concept of the distant opposition only arises when there are King moves left. If there are spare pawn moves, a lot of the theory does not apply. Having a spare pawn move can be a big advantage in a King-and-Pawn endgame.

The distant opposition is a mystery to beginners. This is an advanced endgame concept that is only really familiar to advanced players and master.

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