Knights and Pawn Ending Challenge

White to move and win. You should compare the different moves white could have made at move 1- only one of them wins.

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Alena
Alena

I think there is less room for knight maneuvering.

Yancey_Ward
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Why does the seemingly symmetrical 1.Nb3 fail to win?

Alena
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V-1
1.Nf3 Nc6+
2.Kc5 Nb8
3.Ne5 d4
4.Kb6 Ke2
5.Kb7 d3
6.Nxd3 Nd7
7.Kc8 Nf6
8.Ne5 Kd2
9.Ng4 Nd5
10.Kb7 Nf4
11.d7 Ne6
12.Kc8 Kd3
13.Ne5+ Kc2
14.Ng6 Kc3
15.Nf8 Nxf8
16.d8=Q
It's a win for white.

V-2
1.Nf3 Nc6+
2.Kc5 Nb8
3.Ne5 Ke2
4.Kb6 d4
5.Kb7 d3
6.Nxd3 Nd7
7.Kc8 Nf8
8.Nf4+ Kf3
9.Ng6 Nxg6
10.d7 Ke4
11.d8=Q
It's a win for white.



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