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Featured Endgame

White cannot win this Rook vs. Knight endgame

We have not been recording the moves from our casual games lately (so we play a lot more games, but it is not possible to do any analysis afterwards). One of the great things about playing over-the-board chess is that we get to discuss the games afterwards. Arnold explained to us why he knew our game was a draw (even though I thought White might have been able to win with the Rook). In the endgame tablebase diagram above, White offered a draw before making his move.

Here are some relevant links to videos and an article about the rook vs knight endgame:
Rook vs Knight Endgame Video

How to Defend Knight vs. Rook | Chess Endgame Basics #3 - GM Huschenbeth - 04/05/2015 [11:20]
Rook vs Knight Endgame - Hanging Pawns - 04/30/2020 [16:25]
Can a Rook Win Against a Knight in the Endgame? - Chess Stack Exchange

This endgame is just one of a series of pawnless chess endgames. You can learn more about endgames (and get some practice) on Chess.com in the Puzzles section.
If you want to review endgame positions from your own games, consider visiting the Knowledge4IT web site.

Knowledge4IT web site user interface

Featured Games

This section of the website features games played in the past few weeks. Access the Chess Club Game Archive link on the home page for games played generally in the past few months; older games can be found there, too.

All games can be replayed using the PGN viewer by lichess.org (unless otherwise noted).

White Captures Last Black Bishop - Chess Diagram
17. White Rook Captures Black's Last Bishop - Click the Diagram for Full Game.

November 5, 2021: Black to Move. White chose the English Opening [A22] in a recent casual online game shared by Josh. White opened with the Queen Bishop Pawn and captured both of Black's Bishops, arriving at the position in the diagram. We have been discussing the relative merits of Knights over Bishops recently; this game makes the case that two Knights are better than the Bishop pair in the endgame. The game wasn't "perfect" so the question is not settled [IMHO].

Can the White Bishops Prevail? - Chess Diagram

Can the White Bishops Prevail? Click on the first diagram above for a Lichess interactive Study of the game (and find a missed opportunity for White).

White to Move Chess Diagram
18. White Misses a Good Rook Move and Gives Up the Exchange - Full Game Below.

October 19, 2021: White to Move. Black chose the Sicilian Defense: Open Variation [B32] in a recent casual online game. White opened with the King Pawn and played competently (with a few less than stellar choices) until the position in the diagram. After this blunder, Black was relentless and drove White to resign (after a second particularly poor decision on move 26). Chess is a great teacher of humility! I am feeling pretty humble after this drubbing.

Note: Click "Open" to see the Lichess analysis of the game.

Final position of the chess game - checkmate

September 24, 2021. I played the Queen's Pawn Opening Advanced London System against Travis on chess.com recently. We have played a few games over the board recently. Travis is relatively new to the game but was able to capitalize on my blunders very effectively; my early decision to exchange a Knight for one of the Bishops did not turn out as I had hoped! See the diagram for the final position when I resigned.

Just click on the diagram above to see the entire game with the PGN viewer by Chess.com. Click on the arrows below the chessboard to replay the game (or download the PGN for the game to replay locally on your computer). To replay the game from Black's perspective, just click on the 'Analysis' button and choose the 'Flip Board' icon below the buttons. Note: You don't have to sign in to chess.com to replay the game. More information about PGN viewers available on a separate page.

White to Move Chess Diagram
White to Move - Full Game Below.

September 14, 2021: White to Move. White opened with the English Opening: King's English Variation, Two Knights Variation [A22] in a recent casual online game. White was able to get a draw in spite of making 6 mistakes and 2 blunders (to Black's 1 mistake and 4 blunders). They tied with a respectable 38 Average centipawn loss and roughly the same number of "inaccuracies". Reviewing the blunders and mistakes was very informative; we'll have to try harder next time!

See Rasic, Milovan vs Bjelanovic, Nemanja, ch-SRB Semi-Final 2021 for another English Opening game (which White won). Incidentally, this was Mark McPheters's favorite opening!

Note: Click "Open" to see the Lichess analysis of the game.

Featured Study

We have not been recording the moves from our casual games lately (so we play a lot more games). This time, I have decided to share a Lichess Study of a game between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand that highlights a missed opportunity. For the video explaining Anand's tactical blunder, go to the "Info" tab, open the Chessfactor button and click on the link for "Useful Tips to avoid Blunders".

Here is the move Anand should have played after Carlsen moved his King to d2.

Black to Move Chess Diagram