N-275

  Black faces more serious problems when a well-positioned enemy king makes the knight approach to the pawn difficult. Although the white pawn is far from the promotion square, Black’s position seems desperate since the shortest route to the a-pawn is not available to the knight. Yet, Black to move draws by means of astonishing […]

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N-274

  The battle between the knight and a rook’s pawn is the most dramatic. If the knight cannot stop it before the seventh rank, then salvation can only be brought about by setting up an impenetrable barrier as in examples 261 and 268. A very instructive study on the theme was composed by N. Grigoriev […]

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N-261

  Although the most unfavourable situation for the knight involves a position with a rook’s pawn on the seventh rank, the knight may set up a sufficiently resistant barricade and draw provided its king is not too far away. Owing to the specific geometry of the knight’s leap as well as the peculiarity of double […]

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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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