The Opposition

In the endgame, one king is stronger than the other by “having the opposition.”
Offensively, this means the ability to push the opposing king aside.
Defensively, this means the ability to prevent the opposing king from reaching advantageous squares.

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The black king can prevent the white king from entering key squares (a6, b6, c6) required to promote the white pawn.

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