Letter 39 - 2012
Two Knights mate
10/11/12 06:03:13 PM
In your Chess problems page you assert: “A combination of a King and two Knights alone cannot force a checkmate”
and yet you have a Chess problem in which a King is being checkmated by a King
and two Knights -- endgame problem #11.
Is there an explanation to this?
The reason the
black King could be checkmated by the white King and two Knights
is that at the beginning of this problem black opponent had a
Pawn which denied him the critical tempos needed to flee the
corner trap and force a draw.
The black Pawn
effectively doomed his own King into zugzwang and to an inevitable
Our position remains
the same since it never was a position of a lone King against a King
+ two Knights but rather a King + Pawn (and later a Queen) against a
King and two Knights.
Thank you for