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


The other way of saving draw in the position with a far-advanced outside passed pawn is demonstrated in the ending of the game Minev – Honfi, Bern, 1974. Both the white king and knight are too far to be able to take on the quick black passed pawns, so there remains only the possibility of attacking the enemy knight by the king. For White to be successful in this situation is crucial that in the battle with the rook’s pawn the knight cannot gain a tempo so the game either ends by repetition of position or transposes into a drawn pawn or queen ending. White to move draws by slowing down the advance of the enemy pawns down and persistently attacking the knight by the king!


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.