Selman 1941

Selman, 1941.

  Our theme of the month for November is Knight versus Pawn. These seemingly simple endings can hide amazing knight maneuvers. Although there are positions where the knight and king can checkmate the enemy king locked-in at the corner of the board, usually a knight has to stop the pawn and save the draw. The […]

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N-276

  When the enemy king is locked-in by its own pawn on the rim of the chess-board, the knight can sometimes spin a mating net. We have already seen one such simple position in the introductory example 263. A somewhat more complex case is shown in a study by A. Troitzky.   ← Basic EndingsBasic […]

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N-271

  When the pawn has not advanced too far, the knight can stop it most of the time despite its very unfavourable position. A brilliant example on the theme is the conclusion of a study by N. Grigoriev (1938). Black to move draws although White threatens to push away the knight deep to the rear. […]

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N-270

  Despite being short-legged, the knight manages in most cases to catch up with and stop the outside passed pawn. Occasionally in this race the bad position of the enemy king plays a crucial role allowing the knight to gain the decisive tempo.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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N-268

When the white king approaches the a-pawn from the kingside and not along the a- b- or c-file, the knight can set up a very resistant barrier. Independently whether the knight be on b6 or c7 (as in example 261).   White king needs three moves to attack the knight. To save the game, black […]

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