Comprehensive Chess Endings: Bishop Endings : Knight Endings by Yuri Averbakh, Vitaly Chekhover, Kenneth P. Neat

By Yuri Averbakh, Vitaly Chekhover, Kenneth P. Neat

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Qxp 11/2/06 6:02 PM Page 46 Move the Knights to the Center of the Board The experience of masters tells us that a Knight belongs in or near the center of the board, where the enemy pawns cannot attack it. ,” later in this chapter), and simply to tie down enemy movement. Attack from the Center In this position, the white Knight is safe from attack in the center and can move to eight different squares. From its central perch on d5, the white Knight is ready to assist in an attack on the black King or to lash out toward the black Queenside (the side of the board where the Queen started is called the Queenside while the side of the board on which the King started is called the Kingside).

For a refresher on these abbreviations, see “Pieces and Pawns at a Glance” on page 8. In this position, white has just moved the Queen from d1 to b1. ” As a result of white’s move, the white Queen on b1 is suddenly attacking the black pawn on b6. As you can see, it’s not very hard to find the black b6-pawn. To defend the b6pawn, black might now play Re8-b8, moving the black Rook from the e8-square to b8. ” And so in this position, if black were to move the black Queen on e5 to capture the white pawn on e4, you would write: Qe5xe4.

Like a discovered check, a piece moves to expose a check from behind it while the piece itself also gives check. As you will see, double checks always force the King to move. Discovered Checks In this first position, the black King would be in check from the white Queen except that, for the moment, the white Knight on e5 is blocking the attack. With white to move, any move by the Knight will expose the attack from the Queen and place black in check, thus the discovered check. White could play the Knight to g6 check (Ne5-g6+), winning the h8-Rook on the next move.

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