P-5 (Knight and Bishop Checkmate)

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Generally, the winning procedure in a typical position is quite involved. The reason is that the systematical occupation of space in order to drive the enemy king to the edge of the board requires a perfect coordination of all pieces. Let us take a look at the win in the following position. As in previous examples, the occupying of space begins with a maximal activation of the king. Only when further advance is hindered due to the enemy king reaching the opposition, are the bishop and knight called to rescue.


Key moments:

7.Nc4.By taking control of the d6-square White is driving the black king towards the edge in the most efficient way, as well as threatening 8.Bf4 confining the enemy king to the triangle h2-h8-b8, from which there is no escape to the light-squared corner.
10.Bg3.The text does not allow the run of the enemy king towards the light-squared corner; it also prepares the isolation in the triangle h4-h8-d8.
16.Ne5. The black king has been trapped. The remaining moves as in example P-4.

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