This week, I've spent some time looking at minor piece endings, but am still bamboozled by knights, where painstakingly precise manouevres many moves deep are often required to drive off the defenders and queen a pawn.
Our Friday puzzle(s) today look at some minor piece endings, but without the long manouevres! All the positions are taken from Averbakh's Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge.
In these first two positions, it's White to play and win. Find the winning moves.
The final position (below), it's Black to play. Assess the position: is it lost or drawn? What's best play from here?
Answers to roger AT 21thoughts DOT com. The solutions will be published next Wednesday.