E-book: Knight Endgames N+P vs 2P


When pawns are separated by more than three files, the knight is too “short-legged” to stop them alone; as a consequence the win is possible only in exceptionally. One of those cases, where the knight protects own pawn whilst halting the enemy pawn, is shown in the following example from the game Reti – Marshall, Baden-Baden, 1925. The knight is ideally placed since not only does it “hold” the b-pawn, but it also prevents the approach to own pawn. The play boils down to a king versus king and a g-pawn ending where Black’s options are severely limited due to the threat d6-d7. Therefore Black cannot afford to leave the f-file; as a matter of fact he would lose outright if he had the move. White to move wins by reaching the same position but giving the move to Black. White will lose a tempo by means of triangulation.


GM Vlatko Kovacevic

Vlado Kovacevic is a chess grandmaster and an endgame expert. He very successfully competed on the national team. From 2000 – 2004, he acted as selector of the Croatian Men’s national team. He is also a well-known chess author.