CBM Blog: Surprise mating attack + knight domination

6/7/2011 – Rook endings have a large drawish tendency, in sharp contrast to pawn endings. However, one mistake can be fatal, sometimes leading to an unexpected mate. In his second example our resident GM and endgame specialist Karsten Müller shows us how the normally dominating bishop can be dominated by a knight in pawn endings. Look and learn.

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A surprising mating attack

Rook endings have a large drawish tendency in sharp contrast to pawn endings:

Note that in the replay windows below you can click on the notation to follow the game.

Domination

Mostly the bishop dominates the knight, but sometimes the steed strikes back:



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