N-273 (Prokop, 1925.)

  Owing to the flexibility of the knight’s leap and possibility of approaching the target by two different routes, it is advisable, as a rule, to wait for the knight’s reaction by playing a useful pawn move rather than show one’s intentions by moving the king immediately. This is a study by F. Prokop, 1925.

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RMP-5

  When in a similar position the knight is on the “wrong” side i.e. in the corner of the board, Black cannot be saved. This has been proven by I. Moravec in the study published in 1913. It he was to move, White would immediately win with 1.Kf6 because Black would have to give away […]

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R-332

  Of great importance for tournament play are the motifs of cutting off the black king from the promotion square. First, let us examine cutting off along the seventh rank, with an example from the study by A. Cheron ( 1944 ) . Black to move easily draws with 1…Rc8! blocking the white king’s passage […]

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R-44

  6.6.2. Rook against two pawns Even though, statistically speaking, rook is materially much more valuable than two pawns and most often than not, manages to prove its tactical merit and power, in these endgames the weaker side has quite good prospects to get saved. Position of pieces greatly effects the outcome of the game. […]

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R-39

  In the example 32, with Black to move, we understood a huge defending value of opposition. This very experience may serve as a landmark to win in a wonderful study by R. Reti from 1928. The white rook attacked, and after the forced 1.Rd1? d4 the position would be drawn since due to opposition […]

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MP-872

  In positions with a central pawn on the sixth rank, the winning motif does not consist only in “stalemating” the enemy king, but also in superiority of the centralized knight over the bishop. When the black king is far, the bishop can sometimes be shut out from play by bringing the knight into the […]

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