N-356

E-book: Knight Endgames Important Endings N+P vs N

 

Against the c-pawn on the sixth rank Black may successfully defend with the king behind as well as in front of the pawn. This defence is even simpler since Black has in that case sufficient manoeuvring room and there is no threat of zugzwang as in the case of the b-pawn. The position is drawn no matter who has the move! Thanks to the twofold control of the square c7, Black faces no danger since the deflection of the knight is not possible. White to play cannot win since in case of 1.Nc3 Black has 1…Nc7. The position is much more sensitive when Black has the move since then the control of the critical square c7 is weakened. As now threatens Nc3 with the knight deflection, Black’s king must get out of the way so as to avoid allowing the opponent to gain a tempo for the pawn promotion.

 




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.

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