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


When pawns are separated by two files, the way to victory is simpler due to more manoeuvring room. The easiest win is in positions where one of the pawns has reached the seventh rank. The materially stronger side will then sacrifice the other pawn in order to penetrate with the king thus obtaining the elementary won position. The rook’s pawn is no exception; this is corroborated by the ending of the game Yegorov – Grigoriev, Moscow, 1928. Black’s advantage is huge since one of the pawns has already reached the seventh rank. As the king’s support in these situations guarantees an easy win, Black puts everything on just one card, so to speak, betting on the promotion of the h-pawn into the queen.


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.