Daily Chess Improvement: Knight Endgame Pattern

Win or draw for white? This position is from an actual game between 2 grandmasters.

White to move!

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No. 1-5
gmknockout.com
gmknockout.com

1) Kb7!! Kxd4 2) Kc6! ~ This is "key" for Trick Tactic #ps : I had shared in my blog ( ref : Series 2705 )

Alena
Alena

V-2

1.Kb7 Nd6+
2.Kc7 Ne8+
3.Kb8 Nf6
4.a6 Kxd4
5.a7 Ke3
6.a8=Q Nxg4
7.Qc6
It's a winning position for white.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

Of course, maybe 2.Kc7 Ne8 3.Kb8 and we are back to queening the a-pawn. Hard to say without a deeper look.

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

Editor

The critical line, though is probably 1.Kb7 Nd6+. I don't have the time tonight to look at it in detail, but I think white will have to then play 2.Kc7 in reply, and will eventually queen the g-pawn instead after the knights come off.

Alena
Alena

1.Kb7! Kxd4
2.Kc6 Nf6
3.a6 Nxg4
4.Kc7 Ne3
5.a7 g4
6.a8=Q
It's a winning position for white.

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