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What is the simplest method to win Queen vs Knight endgame?

I have looked at tablebases but the moves are somewhat bizarre That's the problem with tablebases; they're efficient but they can't 'play' human chess. This particular endgame is one-sided enough ...
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Can a King and Queen mate a King and Knight or is this a drawn game?

Without any pawns Queen vs Knight endgame is a theoretical win for the Queen. Actually, most chess sites that have checkmates practice offer this very problem as one of them, along side many other ...
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What is the simplest method to win Queen vs Knight endgame?

Always keep your K and Q on opposite colour squares, or have your K diagonally 1 gap away from the N, so that you will never be forked. Beyond that, just as Glorfindel said, fork the N if it's ...
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Can a King and Queen mate a King and Knight or is this a drawn game?

This is generally a win for White (unless Black's already forked the king and queen, of course.) White's king and queen can force the Black king to the edge of the board, and after that, either the ...
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How easy is Q vs. N supposed to be?

How easy is Q vs. N supposed to be? It is sufficiently easy that it is hard to find books showing how it is done. Comparing with the much more problematic king + rook vs king + knight we see that ...
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Three Knights vs one Queen, which is better?

The queen is not usually assigned a value of 8 pawns, rather often between 9 and 10 pawns. Of course the question still stands, assuming this roughly equal material balance who has the edge? Let's ...
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