Questions tagged [knight-endgame]

Questions concerning endgames that feature knight(s) (and kings) and possibly pawns but nothing else.

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King and three knights vs king․

Is there any recorded official game in history where the king and three knights play against the lone king in the endgame? I know it can be a very rare case where in practice both knights stay until ...
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King + Knight + Pawn vs. King

I'm new to the forum, greetings to all. As retired software developper I have some time over to learn game theory and to develop my own chess engine. Since I don't want to copy Stockfish code I'm ...
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World championship 2021: Game 10: Why was it a draw?

Game: https://lichess.org/broadcast/world-chess-championship-2021/game-10/RwhGwnPX I assume that the players agreed for a draw because they are GMs and both are capable of playing perfect game. But I ...
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Can you solve this chess problem of a lone knight against numerous opposing pieces?

[FEN "8/1nq5/bppp4/1p1k1K1N/1rrp3b/2pp2p1/8/n7 w - - 0 1"] I found this interesting and unique chess problem online. Disclaimer: This is not necessarily a position from a game. It's just a ...
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Knight and 2 Pawn vs 3 Pawn Endgame

I got into this endgame as black (thinking that its a draw) and finally managed a draw by repetition: 8/5p2/4p1k1/7p/4N2K/6P1/7P/8 b - - 0 45 (8th rank is at bottom) But the Lichess gives this ...
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King+Knight vs King+Pawn checkmate

How is it possible for a King and Knight to checkmate a King and Pawn? I've composed a working position, but I am not sure if this can occur through a series of moves.
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Knight and King vs Queen and King

Can the knight and king in anyway mate a queen and knight? I was recently playing a game which I lost. The player with the king and queen was playing suboptimally. On the last move I captured a pawn ...
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About the Alireza Firouzja vs Magnus Carlsen KN-KN endgame

A game between Alireza Firouzj and Magnus Carlsen in chess24’s [Magnus Carlsen invitational 2020](https://chess24.com/en/embed tournament/magnus-carlsen-invitational-2020) ended in a draw due to "...
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Knight vs bishop endgame in Fabiano Caruana vs Hou Yifan 2018

I am currently studying the classical game of Fabiano Caruana vs Hou Yifan played in 2018. The game ended in a fighting draw, but for the most part of the ending, starting from move 55 onward (see ...
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What are the "great injustices of chess"? [closed]

Edmar Mednis stated that in KNN vs K endgame, the inability to force checkmate is one of 'the great injustices of chess'. This seems to be defined as a drawn/drawish endgame position but where 1 side ...
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Chess.com insufficient material draw

I played a game at chess.com and the endgame was KNN vs KP. When the pawn was captured, the server automatically give a draw due to "insufficient material". I am confused about chess.com's ...
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What is the total number of KNN vs K checkmate positions?

What is the total number of KNN vs. K checkmate positions? Assume that White is checkmating. Firstly the Black king must be mated on a corner. It is impossible to do it on the edge. The calculations ...
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Looking for problems in which a KNN-K mate is forced

Does anyone know of any problems in which a KNN-K mate is forced in the end? It is fine if you make one yourself.
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2 Knights against 1 pawn (endgame)

Why is it important to leave the opponent's pawn in this situation? From over 7kk games only 426 ends with KNN against KP, of which 286 games (67.1%) is draw. In the two knights endgame, how should ...
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Fairy chess: KNNvK

I just wondered: can K + 2 nightriders force a mate against bare K? (A nightrider can make an unlimited number of knight moves in any direction - it cannot change direction partway through its move.)
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Checkmating the bare king with 3 knights – can the mate be forced on any edge square?

In the case where White has King and 3 Knights, and Black has just the bare King, it is known that White can force checkmate. But can White in fact pick any edge square in advance, and force the ...
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Is a forced draw by 50 moves possible with Bishop and Knight endgame?

Except for the variations where there is a capture or fork possible for the defending side, is a position possible where this kind of endgame will last more than 50 moves? Is somewhere a calculation ...
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Best move for black

[FEN "8/R7/4k3/3nP3/3p4/P2K4/1P6/8 b - - 0 1"] What is the best move for black?
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KN vs. KN: can I force my opponent to take my knight?

Position with KN vs KN aren't automatically drawn because checkmate is possible, even though it can't be forced; however, KN vs K is automatically drawn because checkmate isn't even possible with the ...
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Checkmate with King and Knight vs King and Knight

I just have a quick question. I was playing on chess.com and got into the following position: [FEN "8/4n/6k1/8/K2/3N1/8/8 b - - 0 1"] Now, I assumed that once we traded off the last pawns, the game ...
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Unable to understand why N.McDonald - A. Stromer (1991) is a draw and not a win

[Title "Black to move"] [FEN "3k4/3r4/8/8/p7/8/4K3/1N6 w - - 0 1"] 1... 58. Kc7 59. Nc3 McDonald notes that if 59...a3, then "60 Nb5 wins it." I don't understand why this wins it. Can't the King ...
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Is there a copy of Troitsky's analysis of KNN vs. KP online anywhere?

This is almost certainly public domain material by now (I believe it originates in a 1906 article), but I'm happy to buy it with or without Collection of Chess Studies if I can get it as a digital ...
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Is three knights versus knight really winning?

Take a look at the following position, reached in the #40974 Tactics Problem on chess.com [fen "4N1K1/5P2/6k1/8/6n1/8/N7/8 w - - 0 1"] The engine gives +6.22 for white in this position. I already ...
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Engame Play: Knight Endings

Below is my effort from last night in the league. [Event "My Team v. Their Team"] [Date "2016.10.20"] [White "A. Nonymous"] [Black "Ian Bush"] [ECO "A31"] [Result "1/2-1/3"] [WhiteElo "170"] [...
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Mate With 3 Knights

How do I checkmate with 3 knights? I know 2 is a draw, but with 3 is not.
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Can White win this knight endgame?

[Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "8/p2N1pk1/1pn1p1p1/2p1P2p/5P1P/2P3P1/PP6/6K1 b - - 0 1"] I thought that I had advantage as White since I was able to temporarily cutt off Black king. ...
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Endgame books or web-sources

What books or web-sources have people worked with to improve their endgame? I have gone over Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner to Master and Understanding Chess Endgames. I feel good ...
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Can a King and a Knight force stalemate against a lone King?

I believe that a King and two Knights are able to force stalemate against a lone King (though obviously not checkmate)... but what about a King and one Knight against a lone King? I first thought ...
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Complete game Szabo-Groszpeter, Kecskemet 1984

I'm looking for the complete game Szabo-Groszpeter, Kecskemet 1984. The following knight endgame was reached and White won eventually with the paradoxal move Kb8!! blocking his b-pawn on b7. [fen "8/...
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Question about knight vs. 3 pawns endgame

In the following puzzle, 5. Kb6 is considered better than 5. Kc7. Doesn't Kc7 force Black to sacrifice his knight (sooner)? [FEN "8/3n4/8/1P3k2/1P6/4K2P/8/8 b - - 0 1"] 1... Nb6 2. Kd4 Ke6 3. Kc5 ...
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Can K + N vs K force black into any corner?

Can white force this position [Title "KN vs K"] [FEN "8/8/8/8/8/8/5k1N/7K w - - 0 1"] into this position? [Title "KN vs K"] [FEN "k7/8/1K1N4/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Background: ...
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Second Troitzky line, where knight and pawn could be located?

I am trying to understand where the pieces should be located for the second Troitzky line (checkmate 2 knights vs a pawn in 50 moves limit) and fail to get it. So from wikipedia: Black's pawn is ...
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Is this endgame winnable for White?

Playing White against a computer, I reached this position (White to move): [fen "8/5pp1/p4k2/5n1p/1PN5/P7/5PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1"] White has a queenside pawn majority, but Black's king is closer to the ...
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KNN-K Chess Endgame

[FEN "8/8/8/4N3/4N3/4K3/8/4k3 - - - 0 0 "] I have this chess problem that I have played with. Logically, there are positions that have the Black King in checkmate. But untill now, I haven’t been able ...
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