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

 

When pawns are nearer to the promotion square, the task of the weaker side is much more difficult. If the pawns cannot win without the aid of the king, then the winning motif generally involves the sacrifice of the backward pawn in order to achieve transition to a winning knight and isolated pawn against knight ending! In this regard very instructive is the ending from the game Landau – Grau, Stockholm, 1937, which is erroneously evaluated not only by the “Encyclopaedia” but also by the great authority Yuri Averbakh in his famous “Chess Endings”. White to play cannot win despite his h-pawn being very powerful. As the black king is nearer and threatens to mingle amidst the pawns by a tempo, White cannot afford to wait but rather must try to press his advantage by advancing the further advanced h-pawn.



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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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