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E-book: Knight Endgames N+3P vs N+2P

 

That in a similar position king passivity is the crucial factor responsible for defeat of the weaker side is also borne out by the ending of the game Kaplan – Velimirovic, Amsterdam, 1974, which the “Encyclopaedia” considers erroneously as lost for White. As in the preceding example Black puts a lot of pressure on the backward g -pawn but White manages to defend it thanks to the excellently deployed Nf4. For salvation it is essential that the placing of the pawn on h4 not only ensures the stability of the Nf4 but increases the white king’s “breathing” space as well. Black to move cannot win. By defending flexibly White will avoid his knight being restrained with fatal consequences and by a reduction of material reach the drawn ending of knight against knight and one pawn.



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