Our theme of the month for November is Knight versus Pawn. These seemingly simple endings can hide amazing knight maneuvers. Although there are positions where the knight and king can checkmate the enemy king locked-in at the corner of the board, usually a knight has to stop the pawn and save the draw. The first example is a study by John Selman in which the pawn wins, but White has to find a few precise king moves.
Black wants to achieve this kind of position:
Here the knight has free squares on both sides of the pawn which secures the control of the promotion square. White king cannot drive the knight away and draw is inevitable.