I recently had a blitz, where having a knight + pawns vs. pawns, I drew in time trouble.
The dissapointing result attracted my attention to knight endings.
I found a section about that in the book “Theory and practice of of chess endings” by A.N. Panchenko.
Here I want to show a few examples from this book and from the game Alexander Grishuk vs. Judit Polgar.
One of the principles – knight is a very bad fighter against rook pawn.
The reason is that knight controls essentually less squares being on the rim.
In the case of K+N+RP vs. K+N the weaker side can’t survive without help of the king.
Pic 1
1. Nd4+ – fork, very typical for knight endings. 1. …Nxd4 2. Kf6 – deflection!
Pic 2
2. … Nc2 3. h5 Ne3 4. Kg5 – deflection again!
Pic 3
Nc4 5. h6

I recently had a blitz game where having a knight + pawns vs. pawns  I drew in the time trouble.  The dissapointing result attracted my attention to knight endings.

I found a section about that in the book “Theory and practice of the chess endings” by A.N. Panchenko,  great book with very easy explanations.

Here I want to show a few examples from this book and from the game Alexander Grishuk vs. Judit Polgar.

One of the principles – knight is a very bad fighter against rook pawn.  The reason is that knight controls essentually less squares being on the rim.  In the case of K+N+RP vs. K+N the weaker side can’t survive without help of the king.

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1. Nd4+ – fork, very typical for knight endings. 1. …Nxd4 2. Kf6 – deflection!

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2. … Nc2 3. h5 Ne3 4. Kg5 – deflection again!

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Nc4 5. h6

Another principle – quickness of the knight. It  helps to survive in the following, looking hopeless,  position

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1. Ne6 g4 2. Ng7 f4 3. Nh5

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3. … f3 4. Nf6 g3 5. Ne4 g2

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6. Nd2+ Kd3 7. Nxf3

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And here is a nice swindle from the game A.Grishuk vs. J.Polgar

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1. … Ng4 !!

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Now 61. … Nxg4 is stalemate, all other variations lead to draw, see comment here:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1468281

In the game happened:

2. Nd3 Nh2+ 3. Ke4 Ng4 4. Ne5 Nf6+ 5. Kf3 Ng4 6. Nc4 Nh2+ 7. Ke4 Nf1

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8. Ne3 Nxg3+ 9. Ke5 Kh2 10. Kd6 Nh5 11. f5 Ng7 12. f6 1/2-1/2

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