2/26/2010 – ... was literally the central theme in this position. White has a threat - which knight move secures the draw for Black?
The solution is here,
but first ponder over it with a larger version of the diagram.
2/18/2010 – In the analysis of Short-Kramnik ("the wrong choice of ending") we saw a knight that had everything under its
control triumph over the bishop. But having the superior minor piece
does not always guarantee the full point, as can be seen in the game McShane-Sebag.
White has an extra pawn and the last black pawn is fixed on the same colour
square as the bishop. Black should be able to save the game here, because
the winning potential in the position is just too
slight. However, the reason for 134....Kd7? being the wrong move and how
Black could have held the draw can be seen in Karsten Müller's analysis for ChessBase Magazine Online.
1/27/2010 – In round 7 in Wijk, Nigel Short was within touching distance of a win over Ex-World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. In the position in the diagram he had to
decide whether to exchange queens or to gobble up another pawn with Qxc5. Short chose
50.Qxc5, but after 50...Be6! 51.g4 Bxf5 52.Qxf5 Qb2+ the
activity of the black queen turned out to be the decisive drawing factor, despite Black being two pawns behind. But how should the minor piece ending after
be evaluated? Can the extra pawn be made to tell in the struggle of knight against bishop? Yes, says GM Karsten Müller in ChessBase Magazine Online.
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