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Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Complex Minor Piece Endgames - Bishop and Knight vs. Two Knights - Part 1

Opening: C77:

Player(s): Smeets, Sokolov

This four-part series deals with a difficult subject of complex minor piece endgames. Of all possible configurations with two pieces for each side, only examples of the bishop pair advantage and its applications in endgame play can be found in chess literature. The rest has been largely left ignored. I decided to focus on positions where one side tries to convert an advantage while having Bishop and Knight versus two Knights for the defender.
Video #1 shows how the defender fights for a draw by avoiding a trade of knight. The plan is to reduce the number of pawns on the board, sacrifice one of the knights for a dangerous passed pawn and try to win the remaining pawn by the combined forces of the king and the other knight. The attacker cannot let his guard down, as the material present allows for constant use of tactics. As good as GM Ivan Sokolov is, he wasn't quite up to the task.

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