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


With passed pawns on the chess-board, a win is possible only if the promotion of own pawn into the queen may quickly be ensured. Otherwise, the black pawn’s counter-play will easily re-establish the balance. The ending of the game Yanofsky – Golombek, Hastings, 1951/52, illustrates the typical strategy. Although the “Encyclopaedia” asserts that the position is drawn, Black to play loses since his knight can stop the white pawn only on the seventh rank. The crucial factor is that the black king will not be able to back it up, whilst the counterplay by the g-passed pawn will come one move too late.


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.