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Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Minor Pieces Endings - Knigth vs. Bishop - Part 1

Opening: C42, B30:

Player(s): Caruana, Hou, Macovei, Djordjevic

Common wisdom says knights are better than bishop when the action is restricted to a small area of the board. Add a compromised pawn structure for the defender, and an extra pawn for the attacker to boot, and how can this not be a win? Those were the thoughts that went through my mind as I was watching Caruana-Hou Yifan from the Grenke Classic, 2018. Yet, the deeper I looked the less confident I became in Hou's winning chances. The mystery of this endgame is revealed in a new four-video series presented to your attention. Most endgame books promise an easy conversion for the side with the knight, solely based on the total absence of counterplay from the hapless bishop. A good example of that is given in the second game of Video #1.

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