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Is it possible to force checkmate with King, Knight, and Bishop vs. King?

If a King, Knight, and Bishop are pitted against the opposing King, is it possible to force checkmate? I find it very hard to do, enough so that I'm not sure whether there's a clean method.
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Can a knight move through all squares from its original position?

I'm so confused about this. I googled it and read about knight's tours, however they all start from illegitimate positions. I want to know if a knight can move through all squares from its original ...
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KBN vs K checkmate on nonstandard boards

I know how to win the endgame with bishop and knight, but it is a slippery process and seems to be just barely a win, with the enemy king very nearly escaping. For this reason, I am curious about the ...
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Why would one promote a pawn to a knight?

I know that it is makes no sense to promote a pawn to a bishop or a rook as the queen can compensate for both but a knight is something different. However, the queen is still much more powerful. So ...
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Can a rook win against a knight in the endgame?

Suppose we have just a rook and the opponent has just a knight close to his king. Is it possible to win this game theoretically? e.g, in the following position (white to move), is it possible for ...
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How to describe two knights defending each other?

How to describe two knights defending each other? Linked knights? Doubled knights? In Chinese Chess, two 马 (horse/knight)s protecting one another is quite common, and there is a standard ...
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How do you hold a draw with a knight against a rook?

Knight and King versus Rook and King is a theoretical draw. Yet, you might lose if you don't know the method. How do you hold a draw?
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Opening with knight

I recently came across a game purportedly played by Napoleon (white) where he opened with 1. Nc3, and went on to win. I've never seen another game that did not open with a pawn. Does a knight opening ...
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Why does a knight combine better with the queen than a bishop does?

From this question, the couple queen + knight is strong in attacking the opponent's king. I searched why the knight combines better than the bishop with a queen, and all I could find, from this ...
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What is a “monster knight”?

I was watching an agadmator video explaining a game between two chess engines, and at one point in the video after a knight move, agadmator talks about how that knight then became "basically a monster ...
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Why are rooks better than knights?

Generally, rooks are considered to be much better than knights. Why is that? Is it a myth or are they really better? Are there situations where a knights may be better that a rook? I usually think ...
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Five Knights Problem

Many years ago, I was shown a problem involving three white pawns promoting to knights and ending up with a ring of five knights encircling the mated king. Does anybody know the starting position? A ...
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Which are better, Knights or Bishops?

I have always thought Bishops were better - I know that a KBB vs. K endgame is easily won, whereas KNB vs. K is difficult, and KNN vs. K is impossible; but then again, some people prefer Knights. I ...
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A case where Bishop for knight isn't a good trade

I have played recently a game. In the position below Stockfish is saying that Nxe6 is a mistake and Rad1 is suggested but I'm having a hard time figuring out why. Can someone provide some insights ? ...
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“A knight on a rim is dim”, but a knight on a corner is … excellent?

Can someone provide a collection of GM games (I'll define a collection as 5 or more games played by a GM against a GM, to be specific), where the winning side featured, at some point in the game, a ...
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What is the least number of knights needed to cover the entire board?

I’ve seen the solutions to the lowest amount of queens, bishops, and rooks are needed to cover an entire board, as in they can attack all squares and are the only type of piece on the board. What is ...
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Good Knight Against Bad Bishop Endgame - A More Constructive Plan?

I reached the position below in a recent tournament game [Event "Recent Tournament"] [Site "Deepest, Darkest Oxfordshire"] [Date "Feb 2020"] [White "Ian Bush"] [Black "A Young Victim"] [Result "1-0"] ...
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How to decide when is a3/h3 needed?

a3/h3 are frequently used to prevent the bishops from pinning the knights. I always have a hard time deciding whether to play them or not. Playing them loses moves and tempo while not playing can ...
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Is this endgame winnable for white? (Knight vs two connected passed queenside pawns)

I would like to know if this endgame is winnable for white. Black to play. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
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Arrange 5 non-attacking knights on a 5x5 toroidal board

The celebrated British mathematician and lover of public transport, Simon Norton, was one of those who passed in 2019. He was the subject of a wonderful biography and one of my favourite human beings: ...
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Endgame: Rook + Knight vs Rook

What happens in the endgame Rook + Knight vs Rook? Is it a draw, or can the side with the knight win? I came across this a few days ago, and I managed to win with the Rook + Knight, but I am not ...
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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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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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endgame with single Bishop or single Knight?

If given the choice should I opt for an endgame with a single Bishop or a single Knight? I understand Bishops increase in value in the endgame but is the disadvantage of covering only half the squares ...
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When and why should I trade minor pieces?

After looking at bishop placement and bishops compared to knights i came to the following question: When would it be beneficial to trade a knight for a bishop, or vice versa? This includes the ...
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Why should I try to put knights on weak squares when they can be taken easily?

Here you can see two weak squares-b6 & d6. That's what my chess book says, and in order to use these two weak squares, one must consider the moves Nf3-d2-c4. Actually, the story is more ...
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At what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King Bishop and Knight vs King?

As in title above, at what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King, Bishop and Knight vs King without much effort (with reasonable time left for the game)?
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Is this the only opening that allows one side to end up with three knights?

In Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin counter-gambit, Lasker trap, black ended up with three knights, which should be rare. Here white should not capture the additional knight in the next move (8. Rxg1 ...
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In how many cases of K, P vs. K, N, N endings can the stronger side force checkmate?

For instance, it wouldn't be possible if the Pawn was on the verge of queening. But is it always possible if the Pawn started off on its original square? Is it usually possible? Or is it only ...
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Shortest path for a knight

Is there a practical way of computing the shortest path from a square to another, for a knight? (for a human chess player, not for a computer) Usually, when I want to send my knight from a square to ...
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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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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 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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Can a King and Queen mate a King and Knight or is this a drawn game?

White has a King and a Queen. Black has a King and a Knight. It is White's move. Can White win or is this ending a draw?
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Is checkmate possible in knight vs knight pawnless endgame?

I see plenty of information stating that a Knight and King vs a King is a Draw because a mating position is not possible. I also see that it IS possible, no matter how unlikely, to acquire a mating ...
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How to exploit the advantage of a bishop over a knight?

Occasionally in a tournament game I will find myself with a material imbalance of BvN or BBvBN in a situation where I know the extra bishop should be superior (center cleared of pawns, pawns on both ...
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What is the benefit of making the first move with a Knight?

I know that some moves from some opening can transpose to another. But if I move my knight first, does it have benefit to me? In my Houdini, it shows lower value than I move a pawn first. Best ...
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What are good strategies or principles to prolonging the first stage of a game?

Is there a particular strategy or principle you can use to drag out the first stage of a game, namely, to preserve all your pieces as long as possible. One way I can imagine this being useful, if ...
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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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Q+N in attacking K

I've always been told that Q and N are very strong in attacking K. Could someone show me some real GM games where Q+N attack decides the game? (where at the end of the aggression, the attacking side ...
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Explaining knight move to kids

I am currently teaching a kid (~6 years) chess and we started with the pieces. While she had no trouble picking up the rules for the rook, the bishop, the queen and the king, the knight seems more ...
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Why can't knights lose tempo?

From Wikipedia: Kings, queens, bishops, and rooks can lose a tempo; a knight cannot (Müller & Pajeken 2008:40,175,189). Is there truth to this? Examples please. My context is towards developing ...
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Longest path for knight

Suppose the knight is on square X and he wants to get to square Y, and in order to do that he has to move N moves. how big could N be? Could that be solved using a mathematical equation? Say Nf3 ...
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What are some techniques for BvN endgames?

Let's say all the pawns are on one side of the board, either left, middle or right. (If there were two pawn groups far from each other, I imagine the Bishop would be much better than the Knight.) So ...
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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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Could you explain me this part of GM Larry Kaufman's article on “The Evaluation of Material Imbalances”?

This is a stupid question that has more to do with English than with chess, so if other people also think it's stupid I can delete it after I get the answer. Since English is not my mother's tongue I ...
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The Knight is stronger in Rapid/Blitz than it is in classical time controls. How many centipawns does the Knight gain in Rapid and in Blitz?

In blitz, the knight is stronger than the bishop. - Vlastmil Hort I am using this point value system for classical time controls (at least one hour per player): Pawn = 1 Knight = 3.25 Bishop = 3.25 ...
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What are the shortest possible games with a) 20 Bishops, b) 20 Knights, and c) 20 Rooks?

The 18 queeens chess problem has already been brought up one CSE: Shortest possible game with 18 queens? That is a game where all 16 pawns are promoted to queens. But nobody has asked this yet: What ...
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What should a chess beginner do with his/her knights after 2. Nf3 or 2. Nc3?

Let us suppose I am a chess beginner. I often lose my games. Well, it depends on the opponent but generally I can hardly win. My problem is I do not know what I should do with my knights. Usually ...
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What should be White’s move here in which each side has just a king and a knight?

Is the position in the image above a draw?